The Genesis Trust projects
The Genesis Trust was set up in 1995, and is supported by all the churches in Bath.
The projects are run by a team of 500 volunteers, who give up their time to help those in need.
Foodbank is an increasingly important part of the charity's work, providing food for people down on their luck.
People who are in financial difficulties, or in a temporary crisis are given emergency food parcels, with meals and snacks for three days.
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Last month the Foodbank served its 2,000th person, and two weeks ago a sister project was was set up in the Somer Valley due to high demand.
The Bath Foodbank helps 85 people each week. Food is collected at Manvers Street Cafe, which opens from noon until 2pm on Tuesdays to Fridays.
Genesis's other projects are:
â The Bath Soup Run, which opens at 7pm, seven days a week in the centre of Bath, and provides soup, fruit and sandwiches to the homeless. It helps 65 people each week, and offers support, a point of contact and a social meeting place.
â The Sunday Centre, which offers a cheap Sunday lunch and provides shelter and companionship. Based at the Nexus Methodist Church, the centre is run by a rota of church teams and is open every Sunday of the year. It helps 75 people each week.
âLunch Box, which is open twice a week and provides hot snacks for 45 people each week.
â The Furniture Project, which sells donated furniture, white goods and household items at budget prices to those on low incomes and benefits. It also offers job placements to the long-term unemployed and helps 75 people each week.
â The Lifeline Centre, which offers a welcoming drop-in centre two hours every weekday for people dealing with housing problems, substance misuse, benefits and debt. People can pop in, have a cup of tea and chat about any problems they may have. It helps 165 people each week.
â Life Skills, which helps vulnerable adults to develop new activities such as creative writing, craft and IT skills, in order to improve their employability, helping 85 people each week.
â The Wood Works, which offers accredited training in furniture-making, restoration and re-upholstery to the long- term unemployed. It helps 20 people each week, and organisers are hoping to create and sell a new range of furniture, to be sold at The Wood Works shop in James Street West.
â Bath Street Pastors, who support revellers on the streets of Bath late at night on Fridays and Saturdays. They seek to listen, help and care for those who are vulnerable and provide a calming reassuring presence on the streets. They help 25 people each week.
For more information about Genesis, visit www.genesis trust.org.uk.