What Genesis Trust offers those in need during the coldest months of the year

Over the last few months we have had days and weeks that have been bitterly cold. For many Genesis Trust and Bath Foodbank clients these are the most difficult months, whether they have somewhere to live or are currently homeless. With increased costs for food and utility bills as well as rising eviction rates, what is Genesis Trust doing to support homeless and vulnerable people during these winter months?

Warm Kits

Over the past few years, at both Genesis Life Projects and Bath Foodbank, we have provided items for our clients to help with energy efficiency in their homes and to keep people warm. But last year we noticed that a standard kit wasn’t working for everyone, as their needs varied.

This year we are delighted to have been supported by Bath & West Community Energy Programme (distributed by Quartet Community Foundation) and The Bath Boules Trust who have generously given grants that are flexible so that we can meet the needs of each individual and family.

We have been able to distribute items such as hot water bottles, flasks, solar energy chargers, slow cookers and thermal clothing items such as hats, socks and gloves. By meeting people’s individual needs we can better support our clients in ways that will make the coldest months easier.

Grainne Moher, who manages Bath Foodbank said, ‘People are really appreciating this extra support and for some it makes a huge difference.’

Saturday Warm Spaces

In December we began opening our Gateway Centre on Saturday mornings for the second winter. Each Saturday we serve cereals, toast, and spreads, tea, coffee, eggs, and beans if needed. All the necessary basics that clients may need in an emergency, from sleeping bags to a warm shower, are always available. We’re also able to provide one-to-one support, like we do in the weekday sessions.

Sue Fourie, Genesis Life Projects manager said, ‘It has actually proved to be vital, over December and especially early January when it was so cold, in supporting people who are street homeless or who lost their boats in the storms. Most of all it’s been a space for clients to come in from the bitter cold and enjoy the warmth of the central heating and some company.’

The Saturday warm spaces will continue throughout February for everyone who needs us.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Genesis Trust and Bath Foodbank over the past few months. Without your financial support we could not deliver these vital services across our sites for those in greatest need in our community.