Bath homeless charity Genesis Trust appeal for help
A charity which works to help the homeless and vulnerable in Bath is appealing for support as demand for its services soars.
The Genesis Trust, based in James Street West, runs nine projects to help people in need in the city but to continue to run the projects as the recession bites, fresh funding is needed.
Director Paul Solly said: "The distinctive thing about Genesis is that it is really all about translating ordinary people's passions to love their neighbour into effective action.
"Whilst within Genesis there are some paid staff, the majority of what we do is carried out entirely by over 500 volunteers.
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"A big concern for us at the moment is the growing need for our services. We have seen increasing numbers of people using the Soup Run, Lunch Box, Foodbank and the Lifeline Centre.
"Indeed, it is getting to the point where we are not being able to meet the rising demand within the existing opening times for some of these projects."
He said the effect of the recession was also being felt at its Furniture Project, which recycles donated furniture or electrical goods.
"The Furniture Project exists to provide affordable furniture to those on benefits and low incomes, but we are increasingly finding people cannot afford even our prices.
"What I find a great joy is witnessing the generosity of people willing to help others.
"It is shown clearly in the work of our volunteers and staff, in those who are so generous towards the Foodbank during supermarket collections and those who have used services who then go on to to give up their time to help others.
"My desire is that as we all work together during these difficult times, we will all be richer for getting to know each other."
The appeal has been launched to coincide with Poverty and Homelessness Action Week, which has the theme: Can you cast the first stone?
This aims to provoke thought about the causes of the problems.