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£1,650
raised of £1,000 target by 57 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,650 to Help the most vulnerable within our community (the homeless) during the COVID-19 outbreak - through the Bristol Methodist Centre.

    Funded on Saturday, 18th July 2020

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    I have the privilege every day to work with those within our community that are vulnerable, forgotten and marginalised - I am the manager of the Bristol Methodist Centre (BMC).

    The BMC is a Homeless Day Centre in Bristol where we offer the homeless and vulnerable within our community hospitality, care, guidance and support whilst also addressing many of their personal needs which include access to showers, computers, breakfast and lunch, a clothing store, outreach support, 1:1 advice and help, health services, charging facilities and a lending library - whilst also providing activities such as a pool table, table tennis, screenings of films and gardening.

    With the outbreak of the Corona Virus we have been trying our hardest to stay open for as long as we can whilst also trying to ensure our guests and staff remain safe.

    “After being away for several years and experiencing hard times, I knew that if I could just get back to the Methodist Centre then everything would be O.K.” BMC Guest

    It has impacted us all - but it will hit the hardest on the homeless community, who can't self isolate, who have nowhere to sleep at night, who don't have the security of locking a door and riding it out, people who will shortly have no access to food and washing facilities - as other services begin to close as we enter lock-down.

    On the 19th of March we were forced to close our doors to ensure that our guests and staff remain safe (with many of my staff and volunteers having underlying health conditions / or looking after those who do) - we have this past week been serving over 160 homeless people (each day) breakfast and lunch and that is a lot of people in a large, but still enclosed space. So action was needed to help protect our guests who in the majority have underlying health conditions themselves. We decided to close our doors on Thursday the 19th to ensure safety to our guests and staff / volunteers - but not before we gave all those in attendance survival kits. Bags which included food, and other essentials for the coming days.

    We don't want the homeless community to feel that they have been abandoned again and so we have decided to change the service and continue to offer our guests access to the things they need most at this most challenging of times.

    We are going to be running relief days each week during this ongoing crisis - guests will be able to come to the centre, where we will be running a door service. They will continue to receive freshly made food to take away, whilst we will also be able to equip them with other essential items they may need, clothing, hats, gloves, hot drinks, shoes, tents, sleeping bags and many other items.

    These relief sessions will be taking place from the 30th March and will continue every Monday until we can return to our usual service - it will also give us the opportunity to keep in contact with the many guests who use the service and check that they are okay.

    The reason for starting this page was to try and keep funds coming in to the Methodist Centre - we are largely funded by contributions from churches and also individuals that have taken our project to heart. With the churches currently suspending services across the country we are concerned that the funding we rely on to keep the centre running and helping those in most need, might become stretched.

    We are aiming to be feeding well over 150 guests each relief day, whilst also giving out a huge amount of donated stock (food, clothing, sleeping bags etc) like never before - we want to make life as easy as it can be for those in our community that have nothing, so please, I encourage you to donate, to be part of this movement that will help those that have nothing and feel that they have not been deserted during this most troubling time. That your giving and support will help those who are homeless feel as if people see them, and that in this chaos - we are all trying to help.

    You can check out the work of the Bristol Methodist Centre here .

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    • Ross Jeffery7 months ago
      Ross Jeffery

      Ross Jeffery

      7 months ago

      Today we were back to serving the homeless - we served 80+ guests who each took away with them a freshly cooked pasta (full of lovely vegetables), drink and a chocolate bar. We also gave out numerous items of clothing from pants & socks to coats, t-shirts, joggers, trouser, coats and hats. Also giving out hand wipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, razors, shaving foam, shower gel, shampoo and other items. For those that are in temporary accommodation and able to prepare food we also gave out small food parcels. Please do keep supporting!

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    • Ross Jeffery7 months ago
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      Ross Jeffery

      7 months ago
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      We have reached our funding goal! Thank you to everyone who has donated - you are all amazing people! But with the most recent news about enforced lock-down we may need all the help we can get to continue to serve the most vulnerable! Additional funds we make we will be spent on buying supplies such as canned / bottled drinks, food, tissues / wipes and other essential supplies (sleeping bags / tents) etc.! Once again thank you all for your support... we will keep fighting the good fight! Please spread the word! Ross (Manager)

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    Page last updated on: 5/8/2020 09.52

    Supporters

    57

    • Colin and Norma Cradock

      Colin and Norma Cradock

      May 8, 2020

      Glad you are able to continue with the work during this anxious time.

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 1, 2020

      Normally contribute through Unity Oldland Methodist ChurchRegardsGordon and Joyce James

      £20.00

    • Susan Rickerby

      Susan Rickerby

      Apr 27, 2020

      £25.00

    • Emmanuel  Onyeocha

      Emmanuel Onyeocha

      Apr 7, 2020

      Hi Ross, May the Lord strengthen you in Jesus name Amen Emmanuel

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 7, 2020

      Thank you for your help with the most needy.

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 6, 2020

      Thank you for all you continue to do

      £40.00

    • Barbara

      Barbara

      Mar 31, 2020

      All the best, Ross

      £15.00

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