Caring at Christmas, a local homelessness charity, launched a new charity on 1 October 2013 called 'Caring in Bristol'.

Over the next few months the new identity and branding will be rolled out. Five new members of staff have been recruited and, as a result of expansion and restructuring , more adults and young people can be helped than ever before throughout the year. Caring in Bristol will initially be responsible for two projects it will continue to run the much needed emergency shelter bet ween Christmas and the New Year (which will retain the Caring at Christmas name), and additional funding has been allocated to Bristol Nightstop so that it can operate full time until the end of 2014.

Caring in Bristol staff

Matt Dowse is the new Charity Development Lead for Caring in Bristol, and he will be assisted by Kelly Kavanagh, the Charity Administrator.

Three new members of staff have been recruited to expand the Bristol Nightstop service – Charlie Skinner is the Project Lead, Tyrell Jarrett is the Key Worker and Julia Clapp is the Host Coordinator. Charlie says: "We are providing a safety net for those young people who have no one else to turn to. We match them with a host family to stay with temporarily whilst working with them to find a longer term solution to their problems. Already we have helped get over 40 young people back on their feet and with this additional funding we will be able to assist a lot more."

When other services have closed down for the Christmas holiday period the Caring at Christmas emergency shelter opens its doors, and Ed Reed has been recruited to be the Lead for this important service. Ed says: "Christmas can be a very lonely or frightening time of year for some, so, with the help of hundreds of willing volunteers we provide hot drinks, cooked meals and companionship. Although sleeping outside during this heat wave might be attractive for some it can be extremely perilous during the harsher winter months, and so we provide up to 50 beds on a first - come first - served basis for rough sleepers."

Phil Summerhayes is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Caring in Bristol, all of whom are unpaid volunteers, and he says: "It's a sad fact that homeless people don't have a vote so politicians may be unwilling or unable to help them. We step into that breach where we can, but we urgently need people to give either their time or a donation to keep the charity running all year round. In particular, we have started recruiting volunteers for shifts this December between Christmas and the New Year – for further information about this please email Ed as soon as possible or call him on 0117 924 4444."

Fundraising events

Caring in Bristol Spanish Night fundraising event

A Spanish-themed fundraising event was held on Saturday, 19 October to mark 25 years of Caring at Christmas helping homeless and marginalised people.

The venue was the old St Paul's church (now home to Circomedia) in Portland Square, Bristol – tickets cost £30 which included a glass of sangria and canapés upon arrival, a three - course meal, flamenco dancers, a DJ playing 70s and 80s music as well as other entertainment.

Thanks to everyone who came to the event - we raised valuable funds for the shelter.

Contact the team

Caring in Bristol

Caring at Christmas
Little Bishop Street
St Paul's
BRISTOL
BS2 9JF
Tel: +44 (0)117 924 4444
Email Caring in Bristol

Caring at Christmas

Caring at Christmas
Little Bishop Street
St Paul's
BRISTOL
BS2 9JF
Tel: +44 (0)117 924 4444
Email Caring at Christmas

Bristol Nightstop

YMCA
The Station,
Silver Street,
Bristol BS1 2PY
Tel: 07979878814
Email Bristol Nightstop

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