Volunteering - Caring in Bristol
03 June 2015 by Roy Bidder
On 22nd and 23rd of April I volunteered for two days at Caring in Bristol as part of SustainIt’s volunteering scheme.
Caring in Bristol is a charitable organisation which delivers and develops vital support to homeless and vulnerable people all year round in the city of Bristol through effective, volunteer-driven projects. They are committed to working jointly with other charities and associations to tackle the causes and effects of homelessness. Their dynamic volunteer-led social action projects have delivered long-term benefits for many vulnerable and homeless people.
I was greeted in the morning by Ed Reed. Ed co-ordinates the delivery of the Caring at Christmas project, produces the Survival Handbook and is responsible for Volunteer Management and Social Networks. After a nice cup of tea and a chat, Ed gave me a guided tour of the building and explained to me what the charity does and how it helps the homeless in Bristol. He then took me through to a back room that was full from floor to ceiling with clothes that have been kindly donated to the charity by the public. My task for the two days was to sort through it all, identifying and separating anything that could be used during the winter or more specifically at Christmas. As you can probably imagine there were some very nice donations, along with some less fashionable ones. Ed pointed out to me that although the people that the charity help are in need of support, they are not so keen on wearing someone’s old curtains.
After two days of quite tough and repetitive labour and around 100 bags of clothing, I finally completed the task. Caring in Bristol were extremely welcoming and accommodating. I thoroughly enjoyed my short experience with them and would recommend them to all that are interested in helping a local charity. I will definitely help out again the future (in my spare time) and look forward to working with them again. I am in the process of arranging for a group of young people to come and help me at my allotment.