Our history

The history of Caring in Bristol

Caring in Bristol, formerly known as Caring at Christmas, first formed in 1987 by members of the Julian Trust Charity in response to the particular gap for homeless and vulnerable people during Christmas and the new year. Opening that year in St Thomas’ Church, the 24-hour shelter ran over a five day festive period. The project rapidly grew in size and popularity, and moved around from several different venues until finding a more secure home at Little Bishop Street, St Pauls, in 1996. Part of our Caring at Christmas project is still run there to this day.

In the early 2000’s, the charity expanded to develop an annual homeless survival guide to help guide volunteers and beneficiaries on where and how to find services across the city.

Then, in 2006, we took on the Bristol Nightstop project to help find emergency provision in volunteer’s houses for young people aged 18-25 at risk of homelessness.

In 2013 we changed our name to Caring in Bristol to reflect our aspiration to make a bigger impact in the city all year round.

We were able to expand our Nightstop provision and then in 2016, took on the 365 Shelter to provide emergency night shelter support to people experiencing homelessness every night of the year.

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have continued to support people affected by homelessness in the face of fast-changing circumstances – our ‘Cheers Drive’ food delivery scheme has so far provided 150,000 healthy, delicious meals to people in temporary accommodation and those who are sleeping rough and our Youth Services Team continues to support dozens of young people across the city.

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