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Autumn Winter 2013/4

Director’s Thoughts The example of Urijah Thomas As we all know many people are facing increasing hardship as they face rising prices, reduced benefits and stricter conditions for receiving benefits. We have seen evidence of this with rising numbers of people using our projects at Genesis Trust; the Lifeline Centre, Bath Foodbank and projects such as Lunch Box providing affordable meals. We have also seen an increase in people coming into Lifeline who are struggling with debts and problems with paying off loans. As people who are concerned for our neighbours it would be good to reflect on the faith of Urijah Rees Thomas. I was in Arnos Vale Cemetery recently and his memorial read: ‘Abundant in labours for the public good... his chief care was for those whose need was sorest with a heart wide as the sea and rich in tender feeling. He was the friend of all friendless people, a father to the poor, a defender of the oppressed and on every little child his hands were laid in love and benediction’. Let us be inspired by Urijah’s words in continuing to support the work of Genesis for the coming year. May God bless you Paul Solly

Tower Tour

Genesis Trust hosted a Tower Tour event at Bath Abbey on Thursday 22nd August to celebrate our presence in the city for over 20 years and to raise further awareness of our work with the vulnerable and homeless in the city. In attendance were the Right Worshipful Mayor, Malcolm Lees, Leader of the Council, Paul Crossley, and MP Don Foster, accompanying 75 guests from local businesses and loyal supporters across Bath. Guests were invited to an exclusive Tower Tour of Bath Abbey after normal Abbey hours and were greeted with a champagne reception at the top during sunset. As part of the evening, guests were also taken down into Bath Abbey vaults to experience first-hand one of Genesis’ nine projects in Bath, their Lifeline Centre, which receives 6000 visits from rough sleepers every year. Thanks goes to Nonna’s Italian in Bath and Sainsbury’s Green Park who helped donate food for the event. The evening was a huge success, with many guests delighted to see the views across Bath and to understand more of the work that Genesis does.


Lifeline 10th Year Party

Duncan wins Silver Medal at Bath’s Special Olympics

Lifeline Centre celebrates being established in the city of Bath for 10 years this summer.

Duncan was part of a team of 7 and represented the Highlands. The competition took place in August at the Bath Golf Course. Duncan was taught golf by his granddad in Scotland, and has been learning since he was 18.

To celebrate this milestone, Lifeline Centre hosted a party on Wednesday 28th August for its regular visitors, volunteers and friends during normal Lifeline lunchtime hours. Party guests were welcomed with local Jazz band “French Connection” who played throughout the afternoon. Five areas in Bath including Twerton represent the country’s 20% most deprived areas, according to a BANES JSNA report. Last year Lifeline received over 6000 visits. Lifeline Centre has been situated in Bath Abbey vaults since October 2012 after having been housed for the previous nine years by Bath City Church in the basement of The Forum for nine years. Lifeline is also in need of donations of men’s and women’s clothing. To donate, please ring our Lifeline Centre on 01225 439384.

Dates for the diary 25th January – 2nd February 2014 Poverty and Homelessness Action Week 2nd March 2014 Bath Half Marathon 4th and 5th March 2014 Genesis Trust Church Leaders Conference

Duncan, a trainee at Wood Works, has won Silver medal in Golf at the Special Olympics.

Duncan has been at WoodWorks since 2010, before which he trained as a blacksmith. Through Wood Works he enjoys sanding and waxing furniture and has made tables and chairs. He contributed to the Christmas Market in 2010 and would recommend anyone to try out Wood Works training, which is currently based at our onsite workshop at James St West.

Volunteer Hub Volunteers Needed: Community Events Team

We are looking to form a team to help us with Genesis Community Events – both in fundraising and networking across the city. If you would be interested in volunteering as part of this team or in other opportunities, please contact Ian on 01225 463549. Ian started at Genesis in April 2013. He manages the office and the Genesis volunteers, and supports the Project Managers and Director. He is based fulltime at our James Street West office. Ian also volunteers in one of our projects as a Bath Street Pastor. Ian is the first point of contact for all Genesis Trust volunteer needs.

Contact Us | Main Office 1-3 James St West | Bath | BA1 2BX | office@genesistrust.org.uk | 01225 463549 | www.genesistrust.org


Sign up to the Bath Half 2014!

Do you want to run for Genesis?

Helping people get back into work Genesis Trust has an excellent history of getting people back into work. With a number of avenues encouraging people to gain new skills, build confidence and provide free training and placements, our Life Skills, Furniture Project and Wood Works projects have done just that. Our Furniture Project based in Oldfield Park has been providing mandatory work placements through Pinnacle and JHP for many years. In 2012/13 it trained an additional 10 Pinnacle volunteers and 45 volunteers from the previous year (amounting to 3.35 days FTE a week). Volunteers have gone onto fulltime employment such as at the Boathouse. We are also providing links with City of Bath College to provide apprenticeships in Customer Service. At Wood Works, we take on volunteers to help to work in our Woodworks retail shop and through providing one-to-one help in our onsite woodwork workshop. Volunteers have gone on to take up carpentry roles and retail jobs at places such as Banana Republic. Our Life Skills programme provides an informal structure to courses from creative writing to music therapy as well as providing life coaching and employability skills. Summer 2013 events have involved a ceramics project and a Photography and Wellbeing course. We hope to build on this with a new course in autumn designed to increase people’s skills using Adobe Photoshop.

Not much of a runner but up for a challenge? Run marathons before but never for charity? Why not consider running the marathon for Genesis Trust? We have 20 Silver Bond places booked which means you get to run for FREE providing you can fundraise a minimum of £200. You’ll also get support and guidance, a free Genesis t-shirt and Krispy Kreme doughnuts on your return. Last year we raised £8,000 with Gift Aid just through Bath Half! Make sure you contact Michelle on 07889 167984 or email michelle@genesistrust.org.uk to make sure you get a place today!

New Staff Morgan Nicholas Wood Works Shop Manager Jen Collins Furniture Project Deputy Manager Robin Henderson Lifeline Centre Deputy Manager Rob Bates Van Driver Ty Crook Van Driver

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Genesis Autumn/Winter 2013/4 Newsletter