This year more than ever, charities and organisations have been working hard to ensure Bath is full of kindness and support. And with the Christmas season getting into full swing, we have rounded up some of the amazing services, support and fundraising going on in your local community. Whether you are looking to give this Christmas or to access help there truly is something for everyone.
Check out some great ways you can spread some joy or access support on offer in Bath this season:
Age UK B&NES
This year, to spread Christmas cheer, Age UK Bath & North East Somerset are bringing a Christmas Singing Bus to the streets of Bath. Along with The Mayor, the singing bus will also feature a live band and a guest appearance from Father Christmas himself. Taking a slow route Bath city centre at 3 pm on 20th December the bus will pass through parts of Bear Flat, Odd Down, English combe Lane, Southdown, Whiteway, Twerton, Oldfield Park and Lower Bristol Road with a few stops along the way. If you are in the local area keep a lookout for the bus appearing on your street and be sure to sing your festive favourites from the comfort of your garden, window or doorstep! For more information on the bus route click here.
Genesis Trust & Bath Food Bank
Make a gift to Genesis Trust and help continue the work of the Lifeline Centre giving people hope of a better life. Gifts help Genesis provide support for vulnerable people, including food and drinks, warm clothing, and washing facilities. Gifts also go towards one-to-one support sessions including a free Life Course with modules in self-care, mind matters, healthy relationships, and life management.
Genesis is also partnered with Bath Food Bank to provide 3-day food parcels to people who need support in Bath. Your donations are so important to enable balanced and nutritious parcels are prepared. To find your local donating point click here.
Currently needed by the food bank:
- Sponge Puddings
- Instant Mash
- Rice Pudding
- UHT Juice
- Tinned Fruit
- Household items e.g. washing up liquid and laundry detergent
For their 25 Year Christmas Appeal, Genesis Trust will be hosting a pop-up shop in St Michaels Church, Bath, selling Christmas cards, calendars and more to raise money for the charity. Can’t get to the shop? You can now browse and purchase their items online.
Compassion at Christmas
Support your community by getting involved with ‘Compassion at Christmas’ and help inspire random acts of kindness this season. Compassionate Community are working with 3SG, as well as many other organisations to help spread compassion during this time of year and support those that need it most.
How to access help for you or someone close:
1) Sign up for wellbeing packs
Compassionate Community are delivering monthly wellbeing packs full of activities, contact numbers and resources which are also available free online for those who have access to a computer or phone.
2) Christmas day phone call
Request a call from one of the Compassionate Communities’ lovely volunteers to hear a friendly voice this Christmas.
3) Coping this Christmas Workshop
This free online workshop helps explore the challenges you may face throughout the festive season by looking at managing and taking care of personal wellbeing. Click here to book.
How you can help others:
1) Special Star Award
Is there someone in your community who always goes above and beyond to help others? You can now request a Special Star Award for an individual who continues to carry out random acts of kindness. You can even be a part of making the Special Stars too! Click here for more information.
2) Give a Christmas Day Call
Sign up as a call volunteer and help Compassionate Community reduce loneliness this Christmas. First time as a call volunteer? Not to worry there is training available if you would like it!
Dorothy House Hospice
As a tribute to those we think of most at Christmas, Dorothy House is running their annual ‘Light up a Life’ appeal. Sponsor a light on their Christmas tree at Winsley, lit 24 hours a day from now until 5th January. Want to be a part of their ‘Get Fit and Get Elfie’ fundraiser this year? Take part in the 10K run around the city of Bath on 5th and 6th of December and raise money for patient care. Not interested in running? Walk part of the route and enjoy the outdoors! Click here to sign up and read more about the event. Dorothy House will also be holding a Christmas Fair at Green Park Station on Friday 18th December for all your last-minute Christmas bits and bobs as well as gifts and decorations. All proceedings will go towards patient care.
The winter can be a very challenging time for many people. Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of hundreds of people in B&NES, Bath Mind is appealing for your help to continue to run their life-changing services.
By donating today Bath Mind can continue to support and change lives. Text BathMIND to 70085 to donate £5.00 or alternatively click here to give via the JustGiving page.
We hope you are able to find compassion this Christmas. Let us know if you have any stories to share of the support or fundraising events the charities and organisations above have been a part of!