Feed the homeless is made up of so many wonderful volunteers as well as a dedicated board of trustees. Our trustees work behind the scenes to make sure that the charity meets its core aim of feeding and supporting the homeless in the Bristol area.
Shada started volunteering for Feed the Homeless back in October 2016, after volunteering in Calais. Having spent time supporting the charities out there, she realised the power of grass root, volunteer led organisations and wanted to make a difference to the most vulnerable people in Bristol.
When Shada started, the charity wasn’t registered and was made up of a handful of volunteers eager to pull together and help those in need. Her role involved handing out meals to a small number of rough sleepers around the city centre.
Over time she has been instrumental in establishing a team that feeds over a hundred rough sleepers a night, every Friday and Sunday. In January 2021 Shada launched the Feed the Homeless food bank, which now helps over a hundred homeless and rough sleepers access basic groceries to get them by each week.
Armed with her organisation skills, boundless energy and passion for delivering a high quality service, Shada is a woman of many talents. Good luck in ever catching this woman sitting down!
She is our pocket rocket of enthusiasm and no task is ever too big to stop her from delivering above and beyond.
Post Pandemic, Zaynab likes to support wherever she is needed most – this can vary week to week but often
involves helping out on the Food Bank (Trevor), collecting donations or distributing hot drinks and meals.
Another vital role for the charity is ensuring it stays compliant which is something Zaynab is focusing on.
This includes filling the annual reports to the Charity Commission for England and Wales and keeping a handle of the accounts to ensure that the charity can continue to run and is working according to guidelines.
Zaynab has volunteered for Feed the Homeless for since 2018, after being introduced to the charity by Shada. It opened her eyes to the struggles those in Bristol face and drove her active involvement in the charity. During the Pandemic, she took a more prominent role in supporting those relocated to hotels. Whether it was collecting donations from around Bristol or making up food and clothing packs then distributing to the hotels, she spent many evenings and weekends getting to know many great people.
Phil has been involved with the charity for over two years, starting off with the food bank (Trevor). He spends a lot of time collecting food during the week from various companies which help make delicious meals on the weekend.
During his time volunteering for the charity, he's enjoyed various fundraising activities, including three half marathons which helped raise much needed funds. The two London ones were particularly memorable!
Dan first volunteered for our charity in 2019 and saw first hand the difference that all volunteers make to the local community and how simple acts of kindness can make the difference to someone’s day. Starting out walking the streets of Bristol on a Friday/Sunday evening distributing hot food, drinks and snacks to those in need, he progressed to leading the evening distribution and taking a more pro-active approach to volunteer organisation and safety and in 2023 joined our board of trustees.
Dan works in a leadership position in a financial services company in the private sector which provides many transferrable skills that can be used to help drive the charity forward in achieving its goals and setting direction and strategy for the future, whilst ensuring it complies with its obligations as a registered charity in the UK.
Dan was born in Bristol and whilst he has since relocated to nearby Wiltshire, still considers Bristol his home and this vibrant community holds a special place in his heart.