Caring in Bristol – What do we do?
Caring in Bristol Ltd (CiB) is a charitable company limited by guarantee (charity number 1151645, company number 08419424) which delivers and develops vital support to homeless and vulnerable people all year round in the city of Bristol through effective, volunteer driven projects.
The Caring at Christmas Shelter provides warm and safe accommodation over the Christmas and New Year period and, as well as providing over 50 beds a night and around 300 hot meals per day, it provides other services including: medical (St John’s Ambulance and volunteer doctors and nurses), amenities (showers, laundry, provision of donated clothes and toiletries), companionship and entertainment (films, books, games, live music and arts workshops).
Bristol Nightstop supports 16 to 25 year olds who are sleeping rough, sofa surfing or at risk of becoming homeless through providing emergency support in the homes of vetted volunteer Hosts. We are funded through a grant from the Big Lottery. This means that we are able to offer a project to offer support and emergency overnight accommodation for young homeless people between the ages of 16-25 until 2019, and is accredited by DePaul Nightstop UK. Alongside the community of Volunteer Nightstop Hosts, and in collaboration with other agencies, organisations and service providers in the city of Bristol, the project has created a network of support and has developed unique partnerships, working together to prevent young people from entering into a cycle of homelessness and supporting them from day one, when no one else can help, for as long as it takes.
Survival Handbook is designed to be a point of reference for anyone who has become – or is at risk of becoming – homeless in the Bristol area. It also helps statutory agencies and other voluntary organisations in providing useful information to assist them in helping homeless people.
Caring in Bristol is committed to working jointly with other charities and associations to tackle the causes and effects of homelessness.
HOMELESSNESS TAKES MANY FORMS. ROUGH SLEEPING CAN BE SHOCKINGLY VISIBLE, BUT MANY PEOPLE’S EXPERIENCES OF HOMELESSNESS ARE OUT OF VIEW IN DERELICT BUILDINGS, SQUATS OR SOFA SURFING. THEN THERE ARE THOSE LIVING IN HOSTELS, NIGHT SHELTERS OR TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION LEASED BY THEIR LOCAL AUTHORITY. AND OF COURSE, THERE ARE THOSE WHO LIVE IN DANGEROUS SITUATIONS, EASILY EXPLOITED, WITHOUT FAMILY SUPPORT OR PEOPLE AROUND THEM TO OFFER SUPPORT AND HELP.
Anyone can make a difference in the community they live in. Sometimes we have to think that we can do the impossible.
Could you open your doors to a young person in need?
Could you get up early on Christmas morning and make breakfast for 200 people?
Could you walk to the centre of the Arctic Sea – where no one has been before?
Caring in Bristol is the successor charity to Caring at Christmas which was established by volunteers in 1989 as a direct response to homelessness in Bristol
Our charitable purposes are the relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage
We deliver volunteer driven projects to support vulnerable and homeless people in Bristol. Our charity currently works with around 700 volunteers at Christmas time, a growing community of Bristol Nightstop Hosts, as well as office and fundraising volunteers who support our work all year round.
Our two main project, Caring at Christmas and Bristol Nightstop are both driven by volunteers who;
Spend time supporting homeless and vulnerable people over the Christmas period, working night and day (including Christmas Day) to offer warmth, safety and companionship for those less fortunate
Open their homes to young people who are at risk of sleeping on the streets.
Walking to the centre of the Arctic Sea seems like a truly impossible task as does working with people in destitution and who are in need of support.
Could you do it?
If you think you could help why not get in contact.
Caring in Bristol
Little Bishop Street
Tel: +44 (0)117 924 4444