Because of staff shortages in the current situation, Maidstone Day Centre is temporarily closed to clients with the rough sleepers having been found places in emergency accommodation. We are contuing to support them with food parcels and frequent telephone calls to the most vulnerable.
Looking ahead to happier days:
When we are back open and running a full service again, we will need a few specialist volunteers to help deliver our programme of support to homeless and vulnerable men and women.
VOLUNTEER COOK REQUIRED TO HELP US AT BUSY DAY CENTRE
Monday to Friday, 10.00 am - 1.00 pm (flexible)
For Further Details, contact Zofia on 01622 674064
Our doors are open at 8am to welcome in the men and women who need a place of shelter and somewhere that they can feel safe for a few hours. If you are housed, you can probably only imagine how it would feel not to have hot water on tap for a quick shower or a luxurious soak in the bath and a kitchen where you can cook a nice hot meal. And just think about not having a sofa or favourite armchair to slump in while you watch your favourite programme It's easy to take it all for granted, until it isn't there any more.
Zofia and our staff team take great pride and pleasure in making the Day Centre as welcoming and comfortable as possible so for a while at least, the men and women who come through our doors, can relax before their next night on the streets. It's about grabbing what sleep you can in a shop doorway, a car park or somewhere out of the wind and rain and out of sight of people who would give you a beating 'just for a laugh.'
We are continually working with our clients and partner agencies to find accommodation for those without a roof over their heads. Not a quick fix as you can imagine but a joy when a home becomes available and the key to the front door is handed over!
Maidstone Homeless Care Social
I’m doing really well, I’m in France visiting mum and dad and having a great time, thanks for all your help and everything you’ve done for me. Nick
Who threw all the pies?
We have every reason to be grateful to the World Custard Pie championship for choosing Homeless Care as one of their charities of the year! Alongside Heart of Kent Hospice and Coxheath Village Hall, we received a lovely cheque for £800 towards our work with homeless men and women, so a heartfelt thank you to all the people who made it possible. Our longtime friend and ex Chairman, Mike FitzGerald, presided over the contest in June, the 52nd year of custard pie throwing to raise money for local charities. The Custard Pie Championship was launched in 1967, inspired by non other than Charlie Chaplin and now attracts competitors from all parts of the globe and most recently, Japan.
Heart of Kent Hospice
Coxheath Village Hall
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Homelessness is a growing issue in society and more and more people are a few rent or mortgage payments away from the risk of homelessness. The rise in property prices, lack of affordable housing and difficulties for people getting on the property ladder become polarised when life circumstances change.
Support for those who are at risk of homelessness or already homeless
Support and information for those potentially at risk of becoming homeless.
- kent.gov.uk - Housing and care homes - Homeless
- porchlight.org.uk - Housing services
- shelter.org.uk - Emergency housing rights checker
- kent.gov.uk - Floating support workers
National and regional homelessness and deprivation indices
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- gov.uk - Indices of deprivation 2015
- kent.gov.uk - Facts and figures about Kent - Deprivation and poverty
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