Make a difference by Caring at Christmas 

Our annual project, Caring at Christmas provides warm, safe accommodation, food and social activities to homeless and vulnerable people in Bristol between 3pm on 24th December and 10am on 1st January.

Caring at Christmas has been running for 30 years and has helped thousands of guests over that time. In 2016 the project welcomed around 250 guests each day, providing 60 beds and serving 2,900 hot meals over 9 days (plus 3,000 sandwiches!). This was made possible by up to 1000 local people volunteering their time, and donating clothing, food and money.

Volunteers can choose to be ‘guest-facing’, where they spend time with people staying at the shelter, chatting, playing board games, helping with laundry and providing support. Volunteers can also choose to be ‘non-guest-facing’ where they can help in the kitchen or with other duties.

We are no longer accepting new volunteer applications for 2017. 

Existing volunteers can access existing applications by following this link to our volunteer system: 

Ed Reed, Project Lead, said: “It’s amazing seeing people from all walks of life coming together to give homeless people an opportunity to get out of the cold, enjoy some good food, a warm bed, a friendly chat, and some proper old fashioned Christmas festivities. Homelessness continues to be a real problem in our city, and it’s great to see just what Bristol can do to help.”

“It is free for people to stay at our Christmas shelter but we rely heavily on fundraising and volunteers to make it happen each year. There are so many ways people can help. From bucket collecting at supermarkets to helping cook a Christmas meal at the shelter.”

Ben Richardson, Assistant Director said: “Every year we try to make a difference for homeless people at this difficult time of year, and are really keen to hear from anyone that can support us with their time or a donation. Bristol continues to face a significant rough sleeping problem, and we can only tackle the problem by working together with the people that care.”

If you are interested in supporting us with a financial donation here are some examples of how your money helps us:

  • £5 pays for a wash kit for one of our guests
  • £10 provides breakfast for 12 people – we make approx. 1,000 breakfasts
  • £10 pays for us to train one of our Caring at Christmas volunteers
  • £20 provides six Christmas dinners – we make approx. 250 Christmas dinners in total
  • £30 pays for 30 sets of washing and drying to be done
  • £30 pays for a fully waterproof jacket and trousers for a guest
  • £40 provides one guest with a warm bed for the night
  • £50 provides 15 Christmas dinners
  • £100 provides Spaghetti Bolognese for 100 guests.