Caleb Mallard, manager of the Genesis Lifeline Centre, describes its work:
The Lifeline Centre exists to reach out to the marginalised and stand with them in whatever they are facing. We believe in giving practical help to all who need it.
We provide donated clothing and footwear, camping equipment including sleeping bags, tents and camping stoves so that they can have shelter and warmth. We also help out with small energy grants so that people can have light and heat through the winter.
The Genesis Lifeline Centre rents and has refurbished the basement of the Friends’ Meeting House in Bath.
Our visitors know that we are there for them in an emergency, whether their meter has run out of electricity, their children are cold, their sleeping bag has been stolen or their cupboards are bare. They know that we will help.
Alongside our practical support in the basics we also help our visitors with more complex matters which necessarily take more time and effort. We aim to help our visitors realise their full potential and help them to take the necessary steps to get there. Sometimes this means tackling a substance addiction, dealing with debt, seeking help from mental health services or any number of other issues.
Lifeline is a place of sanctuary, where people can come as they are and will not be treated with judgement but with compassion and kindness. This is at the heart of what we do and who we are. First and foremost we are relational, seeking to engage with individuals, as individuals. We build relationships which in turn builds trust. It is from this point of trust that we are able to work toward positive change.
We would like to thank the Friends for their support of the Lifeline Centre in the meeting house.
Manager, Lifeline Centre
Friends Meeting House, York Street
Bath BA1 1NG