Caring at Christmas
10 March 2005
Everyone present was
welcomed to the
Tim Bainbridge (Cold Weather Group), Paul Hazelden
Ministries), Ailsa McWilliam (Caring at
Christmas), Val Moore (Christ Church, Clifton), Barry
Penn (Bristol Methodist Centre), Dave Perry (Emmaus), Kevin
Stone (Candle Community Centre & Salvation Army) and Graham Wheeler
(Bristol Soup Run Trust).
Anni Davey (Crisis Centre Ministries), Rhi Day (One25
Clive Richards (Trinity Tabernacle), Nat Selman (Business in the
Paul Tipler (Aspire).
While, strictly speaking, people attending the BHF are
representing organisations, it was agreed to change the record to
Tim Bainbridge is ‘from’ the Cold Weather Group rather than the Julian
Under the Caring at Christmas section near the
top of page
3, there was an incorrect “although” which should be deleted.
Apart from these points, the notes of the previous
agreed to be an accurate record.
Paul had failed to bring to the meeting the list of
offences” from John Atkinson at Streetwise.
He offered to make the list available.
[The information supplied by John Atkinson was as
follows. The ten basic trigger offences
theft; robbery; burglary; aggravated burglary; taking a motor vehicle
conveyance without authority; aggravated vehicle taking; obtaining
deception; going equipped to steal; and handling stolen goods. Attempts to commit the above offences are
also trigger offences, as is the possession and supply of class A drugs. With trigger offences, adult offenders
arrested and charged are subject to a mandatory drugs test and have the
automatic right to seek help from an independent Drug Arrest Referral
who will offer confidential advice and support.]
It is understood that the new 24 hour Contact and
Centre is likely to be run by English Churches and based at the Jamaica
Hostel, and not at the Novas building in New Street.
It is not clear what the implications of this will be for the
Cold Weather Group: they have a meeting on Monday 14 March 2005, and it
expected that more information will be supplied then.
The Bristol Methodist Centre have also experienced the
problem with inappropriate and mislabelled presents and gifts, as
last meeting. It was suggested that a
set of guidelines should be prepared for all groups who receive
help those who want to give in this way.
The breakfast run is still continuing on a Saturday
no problems have been reported. People
in the church now understand that they shouldn’t give cash to people
outside church, and instead they give through the ‘brown bag’ appeals.
current brown bag appeal is for the Wild Goose Coffee Shop; the
was for the Sisters of the Church.
Bristol Soup Run Trust
Each night of the week is covered except when people
are ill and
they cannot go out and help. Food is now generally delivered in bags,
made a big difference: there isn’t such a mad scramble for tins, etc. They do not meet many clients at the
Whiteladies Road stop, despite being advised to deliver here.
They have a lot of volunteers phoning up through
Bristol. Recent additions have included
both barristers and single mums.
Graham’s main difficulty is getting them trained, when he is out
soup run himself so often.
They are also looking for a new Treasurer as their
Treasurer suffers from Parkinson’s and will have to leave soon. If you
interested please contact Graham Wheeler.
Caring at Christmas
The next edition of the Survival Handbook is coming out
there has been a good response with the entry forms that were sent out.
noted that St Mary on the Quay have a drop in centre and details of
be included in the Handbook. It would
be helpful to have copies of the new edition available at the public
next month, so time is of the essence!
The idea for Caring in August is coming together
although it is
still early days yet. Forms have been sent out to other organisations
who is open in August and what is going on - whether groups are able to
volunteers etc. It might be the case
that it simply starts as a drop in centre over August so that there is
when other places are shut. It is intended to be a multi-agency effort,
more places that want to be involved the better.
Candle Community Centre
Maureen Baxter has now resigned and they are looking to
This may mean that the drop in centre opening times will be reduced
until they have enough staff, but they are doing their best to avoid
They are closed over Easter from Palm Sunday through to
They now have a contact at UWE who is happy to provide
unwanted domestic bedding which has been left behind by students. They
going to set up an area where all furniture left can be collected.
should be able to benefit from this. If you are interested, please
Bristol Methodist Centre
They have been relatively quiet since January 2005
was a few days when they had problems with a few difficult people.
They will also be closed over Easter, but have just
new cook who has settled in really well.
They have been liasing with Second Step who
helping them deal with problems that arise with people who have mental
difficulties. Second Step have been coming in for 3 half days
a week and
they hope to work with them more in the future if funds allow. They
very complimentary about the centre.
The planned merger with St Nicholas is still on the
cards. It is
complicated and they are still working towards a tailor made day centre
St Nicholas site, but a lot more time and energy is needed. The whole site is expected to be
redeveloped: this will provide housing, which will in turn pay for the
of the church and presbytery which will be used as an office. The grass
the Presbytery and Pennywell Road will become a day centre and
accommodation, and other organisations could share its use. It would be an integrated centre for people
who are socially excluded and vulnerable.
As the proposed new 24 hour contact and assessment centre is now
to be located at Jamaica Street rather than New Street, it will not
Things have generally been going well, apart from one
day when there was a frenzy of activity that was also noted by the
centres. It might have been connected
with drugs, as there seemed to be a lot of new faces around at that
They now have a dog in their community who is being
spoilt! They still have 12 companions
although it is
a slightly different 12 from the ones in January. They have 3 or 4 more
up and hope they will join next month.
The shop’s opening hours have now been extended: they
are open Monday
to Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. They also have extended the retail area
sell more items.
Cold Weather Group
This is going quite well. At the end of January 2005
they had 109
users and nearly half of them have been moved on to more stable
The system seems to be working well. They are still fairly full
about 15 people staying on average. It
looks as though they will be closing at the end of March, due to
staff not being available to work continually through March, but as it
cold they would like to keep it open longer.
It is reported that clients feel safer at the Cold
Centre than they do at the Julian Trust night shelter.
The Cold Weather Centre is understood to
have a ‘better atmosphere’. They also
endeavour to help the people who stay there by giving the Outreach Team
of names, and they then follow these people up and help them. They try to support all of the people who
come through their door in areas such as drugs, alcohol, and mental and
physical health. The Cold Weather Group
supplies the volunteers and English Churches supply the actual staff.
They are looking for finance ‘guru’ and if anyone is
please contact Tim Bainbridge for further details. They have also been
on their web site, which can be found at
They now have a fundraising person working with them
who has been
extremely fruitful in his work and they now have their funding sorted
year. He has applied for funds through a number of Trusts and has been
Crisis Centre Ministries
They went through a period when a few difficult people
causing upsets. There was a discussion around the practical problems of
obtaining an ASBO on one of their clients. If an ASBO is obtained, it
important that the scope of any banning order is carefully considered
the client is not prevented from obtaining help from other centres.
It was noted that an ASBO banning a client from a
the organisation in effect as much as it does the client: they cannot
client at the centre without a breach of the order.
The client can, of course, be helped by people from the centre
this is done somewhere outside the area they are banned from.
CCM has appointed an external fundraising company to
generate more income, and hope that that will be successful. On this note, NCVO are having a conference
soon on planning, fund raising and earning: if anyone is interested in
speak to Paul.
The volunteer training sessions are going ahead and
in the VOSCUR email newsletter is bringing in new people.
Voluntary sector organisations can also
advertise for free in this newsletter – details on the BCAN web site,
Clifton and Cotham Churches
The Homelessness Service was well attended and there
was a good
amount of prayer, reflection and praise. There was a presentation by
Nightstop, who help homeless children under the age of 18 years old.
in desperate need however of host families who will put children up for
nights in a row and any help is gratefully received.
The Clifton and Cotham Churches have just celebrated
Anniversary of their Saturday lunchtime soup run. It
is hoped that John Atkinson will attend their next meeting.
The BHF membership documents, previously circulated,
Manifesto. It was
agreed to move point three from the Commitments Section to the
This needs to say who cheques should be made payable to.
was agreed that there should be no Statement of Faith, as membership is
all. It was considered that BCAN appointing a chairperson is sufficient
enable the Christian ethos to be maintained without a Statement of
Faith. It is already a part of the
that members are to respect the beliefs of all involved.
It was decided that only full members would be able to
thereby distinguishing more clearly between the two categories of
The documents, with these amendments, were then all
The Steering Group
At the moment there is an ad hoc Steering Group which
attend. You can join the email list and hence find out when the group
meeting by registering on the Yahoo website:
The new Steering Group, consisting of 5 members, will
at the AGM on the 12 May 2005 when, it is anticipated, all the willing
representatives will be present.
FareShare is an organisation which distributes food to
working with vulnerable people.
It has now received a Lottery Grant for extending its
and Bristol is a city which they would like to expand into. They would like to establish a Bristol
FareShare project within the next year.
We understand that this would operate as a franchise. There is some money available to set up the
project in Bristol, but it would then need to be viable in its own
Supermarkets often give their unwanted food away as to
Spencers. The main reason supermarkets
donate their food is because it is cheaper to pay someone like
take it away rather than paying to put it in landfill.
Elim@Bristol, the church in Jamaica Street, are planning another food distribution
scheme: they wish to distribute food to families in crisis. One idea is that the warehousing and
distribution could be handled by Blytheswood.
There may be some potential for these two food distribution
The usual documents were made available for people to
look at and
pick up. These are listed on the Homeless
Forum Documents page of the BCAN web site: you can navigate from
home page (http://www.bcan.org.uk),
or go directly to the page at http://www.bcan.org.uk/bhf/l2_homeless_docs.html;
they are also available from the Crisis Centre Ministries office
The next meeting, the first BHF AGM, will be held on 12
at the Candle Community Centre at the corner of Ashley Road and
Road, 7:30 - 9:30 pm.