Posted: Monday 17th December 2018
As the busy festive season kicks in it is often easy to forget the homeless people left behind on the streets or the many vulnerable adults sat alone in their homes. Here at Genesis Trust we celebrate Christmas and all that it represents – community, kindness and compassion - whilst supporting our most marginalised neighbours, people who may be feeling particularly lonely and isolated at this time of year.
At our Lifeline drop-in centre we’ve been providing the essentials for our visitors, such as hot breakfasts, warm clothing and sleeping bags. We’ve also run a whole host of creative craft activities with our Life Skills project, making cards and baubles for our Bath Christmas Market stall to give people the chance to get involved with the festivities and forget their troubles for a day.
Every Christmas we aim to provide a space in which people feel that they have a family and remember that this time of year is about the little things – gifts, laughter, and food – things we can all share together. One year we gave out presents to a local homeless man who felt so overwhelmed and undeserving that we kept piling more onto him until he finally broke down in tears at the kindness he was being shown. For most of the year people living on the streets are made to feel unwelcomed, failures, a social problem. Christmas provides the perfect opportunity to recognise each person’s humanity and to make them feel valued.
Our four food projects continue to run over the winter months. From our Lunch Box service every Monday and Wednesday, a weekly Sunday Centre three course meal, to our nightly Soup Run and of course the Bath Foodbank. And thanks to the generous support of our donors we always have stacks of Christmas boxes crammed full of items such as gloves, books and chocolate to give out to visitors, which truly brightens their day.
Each year we are incredibly encouraged to see the support of our local community as phone calls and emails stream in from far and wide from people desperate to donate or lend a helping hand. We are very blessed to have more than 700 volunteers across our ten projects. So, if you’d like to get involved yourself, the best thing you can do is donate: for example either a regular or one-off financial gift, clothing, furniture, food or dedicate your skills and time. Your money and items will make a real difference to the lives of people struggling in Bath and we promise to do our very best to make sure no one is left alone in crisis.
For more information please visit www.genesistrust.org.uk and click ‘Get Involved’.