Growing for Bristol launches to help feed the homeless

Caring in Bristol spearheads community growing project

Bristol-based homeless charity Caring in Bristol is launching a community project today called ‘Growing for Bristol’, which aims to provide fresh produce for homeless projects in the city, including Caring at Christmas and Bristol Nightstop.

The project is launching in partnership with The Salvation Army and the YMCA. Growing for Bristol aims to;

  • Grow produce all year round for homeless projects in Bristol
  • Ask people in Bristol who grow fruit and vegetables in their gardens and allotments, to donate some of their crops to homeless projects in the city
  • Encourage people who don’t currently grow anything to get on board too
  • Run volunteer gardening sessions throughout the spring and summer
  • Engage with young people who use the organisations’ services and encourage them to get involved
  • Partner with other organisations in both the growing/gardening and homelessness/young people support sectors
  • Distribute surplus produce to projects across Bristol.

Growing in Bristol is kicking off with three plots at The Salvation Army’s Logos House and a small-scale urban growing project in the courtyard of the YMCA at The Station.

If you’re interested in growing produce for the project, or if you’d like to come along to one of our volunteer meet ups, please email Laura at

You can contribute pictures and news about the fruit and veg you’re growing via the hashtag #growforbris on Twitter and Facebook. Caring in Bristol’s Twitter is @caringinbristol and the Facebook page is here.

Marianne Swift, Caring in Bristol, Development and Partnerships Lead commented; “We developed Growing for Bristol with the Salvation Army and the YMCA as a way of engaging with the large number of growers and gardeners in Bristol, and the many people who want to help the homeless in the city. This is a way for people to get involved on whatever level suits them, either by growing fruit and veg in their own gardens or allotments, or by coming along to the community plots to volunteer.”