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Autumn Events Round Up

2016 October 11 by

A huge thank you to all the participants and volunteers who have taken part and helped at our most recent events. The success of our fundraising events lies with the amazing people who take part, raising vital funds for our projects, and the support from our fantastic volunteers who make everything run like clockwork. Thank you all!


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A fantastic 21 teams took part in this years Dragon Boat festival. It was a soggy September day, but it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. The team costumes were elaborate  and racing was nail biting, thank you to all the teams and volunteers who helped make the day a great one. So far the Dragon Boat festival has raised £18,000 with more to come which is fantastic, thank you for your help and support.



cob-q3-webCircuit of Bath Walk

Over 350 people took place on this popular annual event on Sunday 25th September, with nearly half of the walkers competing the full 20 miles. Families, friends, colleagues, four legged friends, and even a group of runners, enjoyed the wonderful scenery as they walked the pre-planned route around Bath’s beautiful countryside. We hope to know how much the walk raised by the beginning of November, so keep your eyes peeled!


The Colour Fun Run 

The weather was absolutely stunning again at this years Colour Fun Run and over 750 participants took to Oldbury Court Estate for a colourcolour-fun-run-2016-q3 crazy day. A huge thank you to everyone that helped set up the course from the crack of dawn, marshaled the route, threw paint and packed down at the end of the day. More than 100 volunteers made the day possible, many of whom were more paint covered than some of the runners!

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Bath Rugby Support

2016 July 27 by

Bath Rugby have recently changed their criteria for Bath Rugby’s Charity of the year, which previously prevented us from applying, and we are delighted that our recent application has been shortlisted.

Three charities will now be selected, along with The Bath Rugby Foundation, by votes from Bath Rugby Season Ticket Holders, Bath Rugby Partners, Bath Rugby staff and Bath Rugby players.

If chosen Julian House will benefit from a share of the match day fundraising throughout the season (2016/17), visits from Bath Rugby players to events (& projects), promotion of Julian House  through the Club website and match day programmes, additional fundraising, as well as great local PR opportunities. We hope there will also be opportunities for Bath Rugby to engage with our service users.

If you know anyone who is a ticket holder, or anyone who is able to vote, please ask them to vote for Julian House. Please spread the word, we are up against some stiff competition so every vote will count!

If Julian House is chosen, anyone who volunteers to help with bucket collections on the specific matches will get to watch the match free of charge!

Bath Rugby


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A Big Thanks from our Fundraising Teams

2016 July 27 by

The last few months have been an especially busy time for our Fundraising Teams in Bath and Bristol. We would like to say thanks to all those who have taken part, fundraised for, or volunteered at one of our many events. Here’s a summary of just some the things our lovely supporters have been getting up to…

Natwest Promotional Day

An enthusiastic team of 11 from Natwest Bristol and Bath Business Banking Team very kindly took to the streets delivering promotional flyers for this years Colour Fun Run in Downend, Staple Hill, Fishponds, Bromley Heath and Mangotsfield!  Huge thanks to all who helped, great to have your support!

Burges Salmon Volunteer Days

Big thanks to the team of staff from Burges Salmon who have helped work along our Aspire team to regenerate Aiken Garden in Bristol, bringing it back to its former glory.  A well done also goes to the team who painted all of the communal space inside our addiction recovery project, St Vincent’s.  It’s a great improvement and really appreciated by all of our residents who stay there.

Challenge Events

We’ve had many brave people take on huge challenges this year to raise as much as they can for Julian House – there have been skydivers, Lucy Skydivetough mudders, triathletes and cyclists all pushing themselves in personal challenges and we are truly grateful to each person for choosing Julian House and doing so well in their chosen challenge.  If there is something you’ve always wanted to ‘tick off the list’ we’d love to hear from you and get that challenge event booked!

Garden Operas

The annual Julian House Garden Opera events took place in late June and early July with over 350 guests attending across Bristol and Bath enjoying two Rossini operas – La Cenerentola and The Barber of Seville.  The weather was not on our side, but this didn’t dampen ours or the performers spirits as the performances went ahead indoors, and in a large marquee in Bath!  A great evening had by all, with many guests also enjoying picnics in true British style!  A big thank you to our sponsors for all of their support and everyone who bought tickets to attend, and a huge thanks as well to our wonderful volunteers who gave up their time to make the events run so smoothly.

Brain of Bath

23 teams took part in the annual Brain of Bath event where retired presenter and broadcaster, Leonard Pearcey, stepped into the breach as Quiz Master after Dom Joly had to pull out. A great, although slightly competitive time was had by all with The Quizzards of Odd walking away with the coveted title. Well done to them and to all the volunteers who marked the papers, and badgered the teams into buying raffle tickets – your support helped us to raise over £10,000.

Bike Bath

This months Bike Bath event was our first step into Bike events with 3 supporters (including a volunteer and Trustee) who cycled over 210 miles between them and raised a terrific £1000. Thank you all for your commitment and support!


Going the Extra MileJacqui Dibble - CFR - Far right

A special thanks goes out to Jacqui Dibble (right in the picture) who gave up two weekends to help at both of our recent Colour Fun Run promo days over the last month, the first Mangotsfield Festival and the second Heathfest. Jacqui is a regular volunteer at our events – last year she helped at the Circuit of Bath Walk, Dragon Boat Festival and Colour Fun Run! Thanks Jacqui for all your hard work and we look forward to working with you again soon.




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Thank You to our Wonderful Volunteers

2016 June 29 by


Our annual Volunteer Thank You Event took place this year on the 18th May at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution in the beautiful Elwin function room.

The evening was opened by the fantastic 25 strong ‘Madrigals’ choir from Bath Spa University. Led by lecturer Professor Matthew Spring and kindly organised by Catherine Chapman, they wowed their audience and made the evening very special and one to remember.

VolunteersOver 30 volunteers attended from various projects, including volunteers who travelled from Bristol and Trowbridge. A massive thanks goes out to all those who attended the evening and made the trip to Queens Square.




A tasty buffet was provided by Thyme Deli, which went down very well, and any leftovers (very little) were taken to our Night Shelter for our clients to enjoy.

Our CEO Peter Denning presented a round up of the successes and developments over the last year, which volunteers responded to very well, and I hope made them feel welcome and a part of the organisation as a whole. Certificates of recognition were also awarded to volunteers nominated by project staff for dedication and excellence in their volunteer role.

Of course, we value the work carried out by all of our volunteers – we cannot do we what we do without their commitment and passion, so thanks to all who work within Julian House services.

Recognition Award

Coming into the role of Volunteer Coordinator only very recently, I found the experience to be a great one, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was a pleasure to meet new and old volunteers in one place, bringing together stories and memories and sharing ideas. It was a great success and I look forward to building on the event next year. A big shout out to those who helped set up and stayed until the very end to pack down – your support was very much appreciated!

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New Charity Shop to Open in Thornbury

2016 June 15 by


We have an exciting new shop opening up in Thornbury, Bristol. This will be our 5th shop to be opened. If you, or anyone you know, have a few hours to spare, we are looking for volunteer’s to help with all aspects of running the new shop, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at

As a charity shop volunteer, you could be serving customers, dressing window displays, or getting stock ready behind the scene. It is a great way of meeting new people, making new friends, and for a lot of our volunteers it is a great way of learning and improving key skills. All charity shop volunteers are given full training and continued support.

We’d like to invite anyone thinking of volunteering in any of our Charity Shops to come and see us at one of our shops. To all of our volunteers, thank you for your support. We truly appreciate your time and loyalty and couldn’t keep the shops running without you.

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Volunteering at Manvers Street

2016 April 21 by

Julian House Hostel Kitchen

We are very fortunate to have taken on 13 new volunteers at the Hostel this month alone, and cannot thank all of our dedicated volunteers enough for all the support you offer to Julian House. As we have entered spring, and summer approaches, this is the time of year when a full bank of volunteers is all the more crucial, as people go away for the holidays and students leave the city.

If you have a couple of hours to spare in the day, and enjoy cooking, please do get in touch and spread the message. Please click here to find out more about our morning and afternoon Volunteer Catering opportunities



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Expanding Experiences at Julian House

2016 April 21 by


Our Meaningful Activity Programme relies heavily on the people who volunteer to facilitate different activities and who share their skills, experience and knowledge with our service users encouraging them to try new things and broaden their experiences.

We have several long standing volunteers who continue to inspire and Gillian who facilitates the very successful “tea & talk” , Lydia who has successfully run our women’s bakery group for some time, enabling women to learn different baking techniques leading towards the confidence experiment with flavours and helping to cater for Julian House events. We have also recently welcomed a new volunteer Christine who is facilitating the women’s crafts and sharing her love of crafting with the group.

We are always looking for inspiration for new and exciting ideas for activities we could offer and welcome suggestions from volunteers who could bring something new to the programme. If you think you have something to offer, please get in touch at

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Get Involved as an Event Volunteer

2016 April 21 by

Are you looking for hands on event experience? Are you a pro at organising events already? If so, we have the role for you! We are looking for Volunteer Events Fundraising Assistants – people with energy and bags of enthusiasm to get stuck in and join our busy fundraising team. Please get in touch for an informal chat if you think you are the person to help us make our events this summer a huge success.

If you’d like to lend a hand but can’t commit on a regular basis we also have a role for you. Join our friendly Event Action Team and you will be the first to know we need your help – it’s then up to you to decide if you can spare a few hours. From promotional flyering, supermarket collections and bag packs, event launch activities and event day support- we really appreciate extra pairs of hands for as little or as much time as you can spare. Every little helps!

Our first request is for The Colour Fun Run promotional launch day at Cabot Circus on 25th and 26th June.  We will have face painting and themed activities for children as well as handing out flyers and encouraging people to sign up for the event. Please contact for more information.

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Big Bath Sleep Out Success

2016 April 21 by

Big Bath Sleep Out


The 8th Big Bath Sleep-Out took place on March 4th and despite rain, sleet and even snow 220 brave individuals took part, including 40 primary school age children (with their parents, of course!). We are absolutely delighted to announce that the Sleep-Out not only raised great awareness of homelessness but so far has raised a magnificent £32,000! This is double the amount raised last year. Our sincerest thanks go to everyone who took part, sponsored and helped on the night.



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