Homelessness

Homelessness in the City of Bristol has received much publicity over many years. Various official surveys have suggested that we have the largest numbers of homeless outside of London. There is also a range of views as to what extent the situation has improved since the 1980’s. One thing is certain that those who are roofless, sleeping rough around the city, have the most appalling conditions to contend with. It was for them that the Julian Trust was originally set up. Of those who present themselves at the Night Shelter many have been, or feel, rejected by society. Some are bewildered, confused, suspicious, even angry. They all share the burdens of poverty, loneliness and the inability at times to cope with life’s basic demands.

The reasons for the plight of these people are many, each has their own individual story about their route to homelessness. The following factors often have a part to play: family breakdown, unemployment, bereavement, broken relationships, mental health issues, abuse of alcohol or drugs, difficulty in adjusting after coming out of prison, or withdrawal from a society that appears to have no use for them. These are men and women who have in many cases fallen out with the requirements of established institutions and who now, for a time, find they have nowhere else to go. In their emergency they will find a welcome at the Night Shelter with its open-door policy. For them, the Julian Trust offers human contact and the basic needs of food, warmth and an emergency bed for the night—without any forms to fill in or questions to be answered.

The Julian Trust acknowledges the work of more than forty other agencies in Bristol who are working with the homeless. Our aim is to provide basic first stage emergency accommodation to get people off the streets. Other agencies try to assess and address long-term needs for housing, health care, employment training and addiction counselling where appropriate.

The Julian Trust networks with the following organisations:

Alternative accommodation: Outreach Work: Homelessness Services: Advice centres:
  • The Salvation Army Lifehouse
  • ECHT Riverside Hostel
  • Nightstop
  • Emmaus Bristol
  • Bristol Foyer
  • St Mungos Outreach Team
  • Inner City Mental Health Team
  • Child Protection Unit
  • Soup Run Trust
  • Salvation Army Missing Persons Unit
  • Methodist Day Centre
  • The Wild Goose
  • Homeless Health Service @ The Compass Centre
  • The Wellbeing Service @ The Compass Centre
  • Bristol City Council Customer Service Points
  • The Crisis Centre
  • Bristol Drugs Project
  • The Big Issue

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Together we do make a difference!

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