On a Saturday in June, the Chequers Centre Maidstone, hosted a sleepover for 140 Cub Scouts. The Scout leaders and volunteers from Homeless care joined in to organise activities including games, quizzes, poster painting and creating a temporary shelter out of cardboard. The Cub Scouts chose Homeless Care to receive any donations from the young people's sponsorships from family and friends. When all the donations were received and counted, they realised an impressive total of £4,683.00! A very big thank you to everyone who played a part in making a positive difference to the lives of homeless people in our town.
Salus Youth Participation Group visit
We received a letter from the Salus Youth Participation Group at St Michael’s C of E Junior School in Maidstone, asking if 13 of them could visit us at Maidstone Day Centre to bring clothes and food for our clients. As the picture shows, we were delighted to welcome the boys and girls who said, "we are doing this because we want to make more awareness about homeless people living on the streets. We have also brought in pet food so that if there are any homeless people living on the street that have pets, we can give their pets healthy food to eat."
"Our school values, Happiness, Perseverance, Friendship and Respect are really important to us."
Our thanks to the Salus Youth Participation Group at St Michael’s C of E Junior School.
Mental Health Specialist joins the team
We are delighted to welcome Mental Health Specialist, Jemma Wilkinson to our staff team. This is a new role that that we have created to help address the mental health issues of our clients. The post has been funded by the office of the Police & Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott and the Joan Ainslie Trust, to whom we are tremendously grateful.
Jemma is an experienced mental health specialist and counsellor who will work with those of our men and women who are going through particularly difficult times. Many of us will experience mental health problems at some stage in our lives but to be homeless at the same time is very tough so we are very pleased to have Jemma on board.
You Can Help
Halfway through the year and we are still benefitting from the huge amount of food donations collected over Christmas, under the Kent Messenger’s You can Help banner. We are very grateful to all the stores, schools and churches who took part and to everyone who contributed in any way; thank you so much.