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    It is with great sadness that we learn of the death,  after a long illness,  of Julie Davies, a very special woman who was Manager of Maidstone Day Centre for seven years until 2011. During her time with us, Julie was instrumental in establishing our charity as the leading homeless organisation in the town. In 2005 she was the inspiration behind the launch of one of the first foodbanks, Food For Thought, which continues today to provide for people who would otherwise go hungry.
    Julie helped so many homeless and vulnerable men and women through troubled times in their lives; her infinite patience, cheerfulness and kindness will be remembered by so many.

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    The funeral will take place at Vinters Park Crematorium, Bearsted Road, Maidstone, ME14 5LG on Friday 24th August at 3.30pm.
    Everyone is welcome to attend the service and afterwards to join her family in celebrating her life, at the Fox & Goose, Weavering Street, Maidstone ME14 5JP
    .Donations in Julie's memory will be gratefully received for Cancer Research or the Heart of Kent Hospice.
     
     
     
    Julie Davies 4th June 1954 to 3rd August 2018

     

  • Upcoming Events

     June Jamboree

    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.

     

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

 

A little thank you for all your help. Suzanne

 

More information

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.

 

National and regional homelessness and deprivation indices

Information, news and resources relating to regional and nation statistics regarding homelessness and deprivation.

 

Further reading

Latest news on the work Homeless care is doing and our successes, partnerships and links that further our aims.