Caring at Christmas
13 July 2006
Everyone present was welcomed to the meeting.
Ailsa McWilliam (Caring at Christmas), Paul Hazelden (Crisis
Centre Ministries), Val Moore (Christ Church, Clifton and CTiCC&R), Ian
Mountford (Salvation Army Candle Community Centre) and Graham Wheeler (Bristol
Soup Run Trust), Anni Davey (Crisis Centre Ministries) and Dave Perry (Emmaus)
Barry Penn (Bristol Methodist Centre), Paul Tipler (Aspire),
Julian Marsh (BCAN), John Atkinson (Bristol City Council) Julie Griffiths
(Julian Trust), Steve Griffiths (Julian Trust), Olly Alcock (Bristol City
Council), Betty Weir, Richard MacKay
Julie gave invites for the Julian Trust events prior to the
The meal vouchers can be bought from the Crisis Centre by either
telephoning or sending a cheque to The Crisis Centre, 21 City Road, Bristol,
The Salvation Army has now signed for the new shop but is
awaiting the keys. It will not be open before September.
Caring at Christmas is still looking into the Drugs and the Law
Training. People will be informed when dates have been confirmed.
Churches Together in Clifton, Cotham & Redland
There will be a 25 year celebration on the 19th
November. Val will bring details to the next meeting. It will take place in the
afternoon; there will be a panel, speakers, tea, and a service. The numbers at
the Saturday lunch run dropped after December but have increased over the last
few months. There have been no problems and they hope to keep going through
There is a lot of new staff starting. The breakfast run is going
It is quite and calm there is a good atmosphere among the
companions. They are about to embark on sailing training with the Royal Yacht
association. The companions took part in the British Heart Foundation walk
round the docks, it all went well.
The business has been going really well the previous Monday saw
the shop take £1000 in one day! They are looking at a shop in Yate. The idea is
this will initially be served by Bristol. Over time this will develop into a
workshop and storage and eventually will see a small house and self supporting
community. This will take place over several years.
Emmaus took over the Homeless Health Service with the
Westbury-on-Trym practice on 1st April. There is a lot of work
involved linking in the H&ASH team, the SMART team, and the health link
workers at the Hub. The idea is to pull the three teams together to make one
effective team. The service will eventually be based at Jamaica Street when the
Assessment Centre is completed. The service will have more comprehensive
records and it should lead to a better service for the clients.
Caring at Christmas
The new edition of the Survival Handbook is out now
Nightstop is going well. There are several new hosts who should
be ready to start soon. It is still hoped to recruit more hosts. If anyone can
put a poster up please contact Ailsa.
Medina Johnson will take over as Chair on the 1st
August. Caring at Christmas is looking for new Trustees. Anyone interested
should contact the office (0117 924 4444).
Bristol Soup Run Trust
The Soup Run is going out every night. Prêt-a-Manger is giving
the Soup Run sandwiches and this is working well. The financial difficulties
have improved. They were awarded £350 from the Miss Millie’s Good Neighbours
Awards. An application has been submitted to the collection box scheme. There
are new trustees in place and the Treasurer is working hard. Numbers vary but
on Thursdays and Sundays they are very high.
Candle Community Centre
Logos House - Annie Babb has returned from maternity leave.
Candle Community Centre - The drop-in attendance has been around
60-80, which is reasonable. Sunday lunches have seen 100 people. The drop-in
has been streamlined to Tuesdays and Thursday. They are in need of more
volunteers. The shop is still waiting to open.
It is still very busy. A lot of people are using the shelter, a
small percentage of which are multi-ethnic. Invites are going out to
volunteers, supporters, and organisations for the events recognising the work
of the Julian Trust over the last 20 years. There will also be an ‘Open Doors’
day on Saturday 23 September, 12 - 4 pm at the Shelter on Little Bishop Street.
Crisis Centre Ministries
People from the Crisis Centre took part in the One25 fun run. The
Crisis Centre team dressed as pirates and walked backwards for 1 km!
The centre is still struggling with its finances. There is a
problem with the roof. They are also looking for new Trustees. It is a struggle
to open every day. Tuesdays are going well but on Thursdays the Wild Goose will
probably have to open very other week. There are enough volunteers in the
evenings, and the staff are managing to work with more individuals.
Paul circulated details of the changes to the Avon and Wiltshire
NHS Mental Health Partnership Trust. The 7 day a week service can be contacted
on 0117 955 2616
The Night shelter is busy in the evenings. Sandwiches will be
handed out for two nights in July, as they have to close for heating repairs.
Invites have been sent out for people to attend the events
marking 21 years of the Julian Trust. All Homeless Forum members are welcome
but they do need to know numbers in advance.
Paul had a meeting with Hywel Caddy (BCC) who expressed concerns
about our idea for an unofficial street count. This was followed up by an
e-mail and phone call. Bristol gets around £720,000 each year from the
government to address the homelessness need in the city. Any suspicion about
whether we are achieving the target set by the government of 10 rough sleepers
could put this money in jeopardy. The council is concerned that if a higher
figure came out publicly, this could be misleading. They are very supportive of
the exercise in terms of finding out about the size of the homeless problem and
the issues surrounding homelessness.
The irony of the count is that the more people the council find
on the night of the official street count the less money they receive. They are
keen to support a research into how many homeless people there are, what needs
they have, where do they sleep etc. A study several years ago look at the
complex needs of this group. However this only covered statistics from the
statutory services. A follow up study could also involve the voluntary sector.
The research should not be linked to the street count and should take place at
a different time of year. As the street count normally takes place around
November early February might be a more suitable time.
If this research were to go ahead it would be a significant piece
of work. It has potential to show how services should be planned in Bristol. It
could also highlight to central government how complex the issues are. The
facts and figures are needed for this work to back up the findings. It must be
separate from the council but should have their approval and backing. It should
not say the Street Count is wrong, but it should highlight the need.
There was some concern that the council would try to discredit
the findings or try to present the work in a manner that was neither fair, nor
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 the BCAN 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 at 12 City Road.
It was agreed to include details of some of the key web sites in
the meeting motes.
Details of the next two meeting are as follows. All meetings
will start at 7:30 pm and aim to finish by 9:30.
14 September at Christ Church,
Clifton (entrance through the church and down into the crypt).
9 November at The Candle Community Centre, Ashley Road
(entrance on corner of Brigstocke Road).