Homeless care runs Maidstone Day Centre to provide comfort, support and the opportunity for a brighter future to people going through tough times.
If you, or someone you know, is facing homelessness, please come along and talk to us about your options and how we could help. You can ring us on 01622 674064
Maidstone Day Centre is at 15 Knightrider Street, Maidstone, ME15 6LP.
We are currently open from 8.00am to 1.30pm Monday to Thursday, 8.00am to 12 noon Friday.
Some of the support we offer
- Use of the Day Centre as a postal address and telephone contact point
- Hot showers with toiletries and towels provided
- A laundry service, clothing and shoes.
- Sleeping bags and blankets
- Good home cooked meals, tea, coffee and cold drinks
- A comfortable lounge with television, newspapers, books, use of a computer; a safe place to relax for a while.
- Regular GP and mental health nurse clinics
- At the end of the session we will provide a pack up of sandwiches, fruit and a drink.
- Once the practical needs have been met, our staff can help with claiming benefits and dealing with problems such as health issues, obtaining identity documents and finding accommodation.
- We can offer you someone to talk to, someone who understands.
Without your help my life would have taken a different path. Your support and help has made me a happy man and there will always be a warm place in my heart for you all. David
How the Day Centre got started
Maidstone Christian Care has come a long way since Patricia McCabe and pupils of Maidstone Girls' Grammar School first started a soup run serving sandwiches and hot drinks from the boot of Pat's car. That was in 1986 when the Maidstone Round Table gave the group a grant of £500 to start a project for homeless people.
Over the next few years, alongside the soup runs, local churches offered the use of their premises so that on some days volunteers from MCC could provide hot meals for people in need. The United Reformed Church in Week Street was supportive from the beginning over the years before we had our own premises.
Maidstone Christian Care had been registered as a charity (1048081) in 1989 and in 1995 became registered as a company limited by guarantee. A few months later the first Day Centre opened in a ground floor flat in Lenworth House and we were able expand our service to homeless and vulnerable men and women.
The staff here are professional considerate and understanding and I don’t think anything more could be changed or done that is not already being done. Alan
Goodsell House is a house of multiple occupation (HMO) for 10 people that in 1976 was set up as a trust by the founder of the local building firm to provide accommodation to those in need. Over the years many residents have been grateful for respite from the streets and the chance to turn their lives around. The aim is to return to independent living and provide themselves with self supported living for a better future.
Goodsell House cannot operate without donations and grants to help combat the rising costs required for such a large building. Goodsell relies on help and assistance and the benefits provided to Goodsell House from combining with Homeless Care. Please consider donating.
Everything perfect. Nathan