9 March 2006
Everyone present was welcomed to the meeting.
Ailsa McWilliam (Caring at Christmas), David Perry (Emmaus
Bristol), Paul Hazelden (Crisis Centre Ministries), Val Moore (Christ Church,
Clifton; CTiCC&R), Julie Griffiths (Julian Trust), Steve Griffiths (Julian
Trust), Mike McNally (FareShare).
Tim Bainbridge (Cold Weather Group), Paul Tipler (Aspire), Anni
Davey (Crisis Centre Ministries), Julian Marsh (BCAN), Ian Mountford (Salvation
Army Candle Community Centre) and John Atkinson (Bristol City Council).
Julie Griffiths and Val Moore requested the Domestic Abuse
stickers, posters, and leaflets at the previous meeting. Val has not yet
Action: Ailsa to ask Medina to send the info to Val.
In the Emmaus information share in the previous minutes, the
second paragraph should read ‘better records’ not ‘fewer records’.
The Salvation Army has found premises for a new shop, which
should be open any day now: 110 Cheltenham Road.
Churches Together in Clifton, Cotham & Redland
The Saturday lunch and breakfast run is experiencing problems at
the new bus station, by the new doors where the food is normally distributed.
Val will speak to Graham Wheeler to see if
anyone else from the Soup Run has mentioned any problems.
The number of people the breakfast run serves has decreased after
the high number before Christmas - down to 45 or 50, from a peak of 60-70.
The Homelessness Sunday Service will take place at Christ Church
Clifton on 14 May at 3.00 pm. There may be opportunities for organisations to
have a stand in the crypt.
It is still very busy, feeding between 60-90 people each night, 5
nights a week. The beds are full every evening. It is hard to know how many
people are turned away as most know that when the beds are gone they cannot
stay so do not ask. Finding overnight volunteers is difficult.
The Julian Trust will be 20 years old this year. There are plans
for a rededication service and a secular service. Once the dates have been
confirmed, Julie will let people know.
Caring at Christmas
Nightstop is going well. The first Nightstop happened on the
night of the launch. Two new hosts are starting next week and several people
are interested in becoming hosts. A possible new development is finding some
Funding is a major
issue but several grand applications are pending.
John Atkinson from Streetwise is doing a three-day, thirty county
challenge in aid of Nightstop. This will involve either Surfing or Kite
boarding on a beach in the 30 coastal counties of England and Wales.
The planning for this is going well, but he
does need a van. Ailsa asked if anyone had any ideas.
All is calm and mainly smooth at the moment. Business at the shop
is gradually building up after the usual Christmas lull. They are still looking
to replace the shop in Broadmead. The management of the homeless medical
service will start on 1 April. This will include the H&ASH team, the SMART
team, and Health Link workers at the Hub.
At the moment there are 18 beds but there will be some building
work soon to make an extra two rooms.
Crisis Centre Ministries
The Mental Health training on Wednesday only had one person
attend. It will be repeated on Saturday, 11 March. The training in April is Share
Your Faith. It is on Saturday 8th April 9.45 am - 5 pm (please bring
sandwiches) and three Wednesday evenings: 12, 19 and 26 April from 7.30 pm -
The new admin worker, Lucy, has settled in very well. The coffee
shop is not open on Tuesday during the day, but is now open on Wednesday
evenings, which are going well. The coffee shop was first opened at the start
of March 20 years ago.
Paul asked for comments and suggestions on the meal voucher
scheme the Crisis Centre offers. The voucher entitles a person to a good
quality meal, pudding, and hot drink. The vouchers can be purchased from the
Crisis Centre. A voucher is £1 with a book costing £5 for 5, which has not
changed since the scheme started. Would it be unreasonable to put the price up?
The actual cost of producing the meal is £3.
It was agreed that it would not been unreasonable to charge more.
Suggestions varied from £0.25 to a £1 increase.
The voucher could be bigger to put more information on. Some discussion took
place around the selling of the vouchers. They need to be re-advertised so more
people are aware of them. It was suggested that the Crisis Centre contact the
Galleries to see if the information stand could sell them.
The next meeting will be the AGM as April will be a year since
the public launch. The theme of the AGM will be ‘working together’. There
should be two speakers: someone from the Council’s Homelessness Consortium, and
a representative from the Voluntary Sector. It should also be an opportunity
for people from both sectors to find out about the work in the different areas.
As a result, it would lead to better understanding of the key issues on both
The Steering group met before the meeting.
There has often been a problem with agencies sharing information
due to concerns around confidentiality. There needs to be an agreed system as
often each agency has a different procedure and form. A common confidentiality
agreement would be useful across the sector, and one idea is that clients could
carry their own copy of their agreement, which would save time and
The idea of calling it a
‘passport’ rather than an ‘identity card’ was proposed because passports open
doors. The scheme should offer better support to the people who need it most.
The legal aspects would have to be investigated.
Meeting with Olly Alcock
Paul and Ailsa met with Olly the previous week. The steering
group agreed to meet Olly every two months, the intention being to discuss how
the voluntary and statutory sector could work closer together. This would also
lead to a better understanding of what the Homeless Consortium does and how the
voluntary sector can help them meet their agenda whilst not affecting our own
work. It is important to build a good, trusting, and safe relationship between
the two sectors, especially if this will help the people we work with.
Although there has been interest for a FareShare in Bristol a
lead partner has not yet come forward. FareShare UK would help with the cost
for the first year but after that it would cost around £100,000 a year to run.
It is hoped if a lead partner is found quickly the project could
be ready by spring 2007. The next meetings about FareShare are 10 am Friday 10
March and 1 pm Friday 5 May, both at the YMCA office on the Central Trading
Estate, just off the Bath Road.
The usual documents were not, this time, made available for
people to look at and pick up. However, they are still on the Homeless Forum
Documents page of the BCAN web site: you can navigate from the BCAN home
or go directly to the page;
they are also available from the Crisis Centre Ministries office at 12
The next meeting will be held on Thursday 11 May at The Candle
Community Centre, Ashley Road, starting at 7:30pm.
There will be a brief AGM, and elections to the Steering
The theme will be ‘working
together’ and we will invite people from the Council’s Homeless Consortium to