Who Are Genesis Trust?
Long standing local charity Genesis Trust support homeless, hungry and vulnerable people within the city of Bath and it’s surrounding areas. Through various interlinking projects, they’re able to provide immediate and practical assistance for those in crisis, along with offering long-term opportunities towards rebuilding their lives. Their projects provide basic essentials such as food, clothing and furniture. In addition, they provide mentoring, one-to-one support, training and work experience. All of it goes towards supporting people on their journey to empowerment and independence. Their vision is simple: a thriving community, in which everyone has a hope and future. Within the last few years, the amount of people sleeping rough in Bath has increased. This has led to an increased demand in the services Genesis Trust provide, along with increased requests for emergency food. This highlights how vital their work is in preventing marginalization, along with allowing vulnerable people to improve their lives and their prospects.
How Do Genesis Trust Support Homeless and Vulnerable People?
At the heart of Genesis Trust, their motivation is simply for us to love our neighbour as ourselves. Across the city of Bath, they run ten projects that aim to improve the lives of those experiencing poverty and hardship. These provide support and guidance, along with the basic essentials such as food and a hot drink to those who need it. Their Lifeline Centre offers immediate support for homeless and vulnerable people within the community by way of its daily drop in service. In addition to providing one to one support and advice, they provide refuge by means of food and hot drinks, clothing, and wash facilities.
Genesis also provide Life Skills workshops, which allow service users to develop and gain new skills to move forward in their lives. These are free courses that provide practical and creative skills, along with educational training. In addition, their Furniture Project also offers work experience and training for those who are long-term unemployed or have a history of homelessness. Not only that, but they collect donated and secondhand furniture which is resold at a low cost within the community. The Family Matters project is designed to mentor local and refugee families, to help them bring about positive change in their lives. This can be anything from directing them to professional help to providing them with healthy cooking skills.
The Genesis Trust also have a number of projects dedicated to providing food for rough sleepers in Bath. This is done through the support of volunteers and local churches, and means they can offer food to rough sleepers 365 a year. They also have additional projects such as Lunch Box, which provides hot meals twice a week, and Soup Run, which offers soup and sandwiches every night of the year.
How You Can Support Genesis Trust
Genesis Trust receives no statutory funding. They rely on support from the local community in order to provide support to around 4000 people every year. This is in the form of donations from the public, local churches, businesses and schools, along with a team of around 700 volunteers.
This October, you can help Genesis Trust to continue doing their vital work by casting your vote for them in our charity poll. Find out more about their projects by visiting http://genesistrust.org.uk.