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Volunteer Celebration Evening

2019 May 29 by

On Monday 20th May we hosted our annual Volunteer Celebration Evening in Bath to thank all of our volunteers for their amazing support over the years. 

We have over 340 volunteers across the organisation in a variety of roles that support the day to day running of projects, help us raise funds and give some of our clients important social contact. We are deeply grateful to all of our fantastic volunteers! Together we are effecting real change and Julian House wouldn’t be able to run without their support. 

From those that work in our hostel, our supported accommodation services and outreach teams, to those in our bike workshops, charity shops, admin and fundraising teams, we want to say a big thank you for your dedication, time and support.  

The evening was kindly hosted by Boston Tea Party on Alfred Street in Bath, who also supplied a finger buffet for our volunteers and guests to enjoy. After an introduction from Natalie (our Volunteer Coordinator), Joy Luxford (Chair of Trustees) spoke about the impact our volunteers make to the organisation, before Amanda Movsesian (Team Leader of our Domestic Abuse Services) gave an update on our services and spoke about how we support women, children and men escaping domestic abuse. 

The evening then continued with some fantastic live music from The ÆTHER, Douglas Joshua and Tallis Morris, who all donated their time for free, kindly organised by Max from the Bath Music Collective. Guests were also treated to live magic performances and demonstrations from local magician Mentazmo.

Thank you to everyone who came to the evening and thank you again for your continued support, help and time. It’s truly 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 jessical@julianhouse.org.uk.

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 Julian House Bike Workshop

2016 April 21 by

Trowbridge Bike Workshop

With the lovely warm sunny weather, we are seeing lots more customers coming in to the bike workshops. At the beginning of April, the Bath workshop took over £ 1700 in one day and the Trowbridge Workshop sold 11 bikes. Servicing and repairs is also picking up and we will be encouraging our Bath customers to book in or utilise our other workshops for a speedy service. Bristol continues to be busy with mainly servicing and repairs and we are working on improving the selection of adult refurbished bikes to try and improve sales.

In December we opened our fourth bike workshop at Erlestoke Prison near Devizes in Wiltshire. We are delivering bike maintenance training to the prisoners to support them to be more employable on release. The prisoners are refurbishing donated bikes which are being sold through our community bike workshops. So far, around 15 prisoners have utilised the bike workshop and over 200 bikes have been refurbished.

Julian House Trading is currently recruiting for a Temporary and Relief Workshop Manager & Training Instructor for Erlestoke. If you are interested, or know anyone who might be, please visit our jobs page for more details and to apply: https://www.julianhouse.org.uk/jobs.htm

We are looking for Volunteer Bike Workshop Mechanics to join the team in Bristol and Trowbridge, so if you know anyone who is mechanically minded and has a passion for bikes please direct them to the job descriptions below.

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Volunteers in ready steady cook style challenge

2015 March 12 by

This year the Volunteer Centre in Bath invited its members and guests to an AGM and review meeting with a nourishing and tasty difference.  After the formalities of the AGM, two teams from local food-related charities, Julian House and Bath Foodcycle, demonstrated their cooking skills in a ‘Ready Steady Cook – style’ event, guided by two local chefs – Michel Lemoine (Bistro La Barrique) and Vincent Castellano.

IMG_3396The challenge was for each team to prepare and cook two plates of food in an hour. The teams consisted of two volunteers from Foodcycle and two from Julian House. The Julian House team did a fantastic job cooking a vegetable tagine and cous cous with a carrot, orange and onion side salad and rice pudding and caramelised mango desert. The judges, John Callum and Councillor Martin Veal, the Chairman of BANES Council, were very impressed with both teams dishes. There is an article about the event on the Bath Chronicle website.

The afternoon also had a serious side to it. All the main ingredients had been given to Foodcycle by supermarkets that would otherwise have thrown it awayIMG_3417 as past its ‘best before’ date, although it was all still perfectly edible. There followed a presentation on how much food is thrown away each year, either by supermarkets or as domestic waste and how the number of food banks has grown over the last 10 years to provide food to people who cannot afford to buy it.

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