BCAN (Bristol Christian
Helping Christians Respond To Social Needs
Bristol Homeless Forum
This training is aimed at current and potential volunteers: people who have an interest, but perhaps no experience, in helping vulnerable people and those with life-disrupting problems. While our main focus is on homelessness and the problems that tend to go with it, the content is relevant to all situations where you want to help or care for people.
You will be given the core facts and principles you need to understand, and time is given to allow people to ask questions and challenge the standard answers - so participants will be expected to think! The training is delivered from a Christian perspective, but is open to everyone and does not assume that those taking part have any faith commitment.
We will supply detailed course notes, but please bring a pen.
There will be ten sessions, each delivered twice. It runs each month from September to July, apart from December. The sessions are usually on the second Wednesday of the month (at Carpenter House, the CCM building) and on the second Saturday of the month (at Trinity Tabernacle), but Share Your Faith is different.
Please aim to be with us for coffee and registration by 7.30 pm on the Wednesday evenings, or 9.45 am on Saturday mornings. On nine of the ten sessions, the training will run from 7.35 pm to 9.30 pm (Wednesdays) and 10.00 am to 1.00 pm (Saturdays), but Share Your Faith will extend over three consecutive Tuesday evenings and will run from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm on the third Saturday in May - please bring a packed lunch for this.
The cost on the day is £6 for the course notes plus £6 per session (£5 for each if you book in advance) or £40 for everything - all ten sessions and the notes. However, CCM volunteers are welcome to attend for free.
This training is being arranged by the BCAN Homeless Forum (or 'BHF'). BHF works to link the people and groups serving the homeless community in and around Bristol.
For the precise dates, please see the diary pages.
If it is possible, please let us know by the previous Monday if you plan to come - but any notice you can give us is appreciated. You can just turn up on the day, but there may not be enough copies of the training notes and handouts for everyone.
Alternatively, you can print the last page of the flyer and send it (with your payment, if possible) to the BCAN office.