What we do
The Bristol Soup Run Trust aims to ensure that, on every night of the year, food and other essential supplies are made available, free of charge, to homeless and other needy people on the streets of Bristol. The Trust also aims to provide clients with basic information on issues of relevance such as access to emergency accommodation and advice centres.
At all times, it is the intention of the Trust that this help is provided in an informal, friendly and, above all, non-judgemental manner.
How we operate
The Trust operates a 28-day rota within which as many as 20 different groups carry out Soup Runs on different evenings. Some groups are large and well-resourced, often Church-based, others are smaller independent groups. Some groups take on the same night for each of the four weeks in the cycle, others do only one night. Whichever group does the Soup Run, the same locations are visited at roughly the same times.
Who we help
While some of our clients are homeless and will sleep outside that night, others may have accommodation of some kind. Clients turn up at the Soup Run for many reasons: hunger, loneliness, companionship, advice. Whatever the reason, we are not there to judge: our job is to provide food, refreshment, a sleeping-bag, a pair of socks, toiletries, advice if needed and, above all, a friendly smile and a willing ear.