From 24th December to 1st January we will take over the Trinity Centre and the Julian Trust Night Shelter to run our annual Caring at Christmas project, supporting hundreds of people experiencing homelessness in the city this Christmas.
In its 31st year, Caring at Christmas provides shelter, food, warmth, company, activities and entertainment alongside medical and emotional help and support for nine days over the Christmas period.
At a time when Bristol’s provision for those in need in the city decreases, Caring in Bristol enlist the support of hundreds of caring individuals, businesses and community partners to provide a web of support to the people that arrive at the project each winter.
Last Christmas over 700 volunteers came together to give around 1300 homeless and vulnerable people in Bristol food, warmth, company and shelter.
Over the ten days that our Caring at Christmas 2017 project ran, we provided day support to an average of 84 people each day, bed spaces for an average of 47 people each night and served 3,902 meals.
We have many volunteering opportunities with Caring at Christmas. 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. Alternatively volunteers can choose to be ‘non-guest-facing’ where they can help in the kitchen or with other duties.
Applying for a volunteering role is a two-step process:
1. First click below to sign up to our Caring at Christmas mailing list.
2. You will then receive an email with details about volunteering and a link to apply via our Volunteer Portal