Registration for volunteering at Caring at Christmas 2020 will go live in October.
In Christmas 2019 we took over the Trinity Centre and the Julian Trust Night Shelter from the 23rd of December to the 1st of January, and provided shelter, food, warmth, company, wellbeing activities, and medical support for those experiencing homelessness at an acutely difficult time of the year. Responding to the needs of our community, we opened our day services for an extra two days this year and expanded the range of medical and wellbeing services we offered. To see the full range of services, check out the stats on page 6 of our Caring at Christmas 2019 IMPACT REPORT.
2019 marked huge strides towards ensuring the project is as sustainable and environmentally conscious as possible; we teamed up with food charity FareShare South West to use as much surplus food as possible to produce our delicious meals, and The Community Farm to make the most of their fantastic local fresh produce. The project also tapped into Bristol’s flourishing food scene as Josh Eggleton and some of Bristol’s best chefs and restaurants came together to produce a full restaurant-quality menu for our guests, helping to bridge the gap between what’s available for the city’s most affluent and most vulnerable at Christmas. You can read all our food stats, including Co2 saved from using surplus food, on page 5 of the IMPACT REPORT.
Over the days that our Caring at Christmas 2019 project ran, we provided day support to 429 homeless and vulnerable people in Bristol, provided bed spaces for 86 people and served over 2500 hot meals.
To find out more about how the project runs and the impact it has, check out our impact report from Caring at Christmas 2019:
Even with the invaluable support of our volunteers, the project costs £60,000 to deliver each year; we receive no statutory funding and are therefore reliant on the incredible generosity of the Bristol community. A donation of £21 will pay for someone homeless in Bristol to access Caring at Christmas.