We support charities who help people who are homeless, lack stable accommodation or are in insecure or vulnerable housing.

Below are some of the charities who have received one of our grants:

Catching Lives – Awarded £8,493 
A woodwork session, complementary to the support provided by the Mental Health team

The charity supports and provides services for rough sleepers, and those who are homeless and vulnerably housed in Canterbury and East Kent. Our grant helped fund two part-time Mental Health Outreach Specialists, who provide emotional and practical support to homeless clients. “The grant has allowed us to continue to provide vital mental health support to the clients who access our services… Our team is flexible, turning no one away and able to intervene at an early stage when clients first begin to struggle, rather than waiting until the situation spirals out of control.

This year our team carried out 452 sessions with clients, including initial Mental Health Assessments to gather information about their support needs, crisis interventions and on-going support. This work helps clients to cope with the stresses of being homeless, linking them up with external services for additional support, such as through referrals to the Community Mental Health Team.” 

Time for the Homeless – Awarded £3,750  

The charity has provided soup kitchens to homeless and vulnerable people in Medway and Maidstone for over five years. The grant was used to provide hot, home cooked meals in five different areas around Medway and Maidstone, along with food hampers for the most vulnerable people, many of whom are referred from other charities or organisations.  

Second Chance Medway – Awarded £10,000  

Second Chance Medway provides support to those facing insecure housing and food insecurity. The charity offers advice with claiming benefits and managing debts through improved budgeting skills, and support with grant applications. They also run a food aid project, enabling members to get a variety of groceries and household goods for less than supermarket prices. The grant enabled the charity to continue and expand its existing activities to tackle deprivation in Medway. 

Fairways Accommodation Support Trust – Awarded £7,500  

The Trust supports homeless and vulnerable adults, providing accommodation and support to adults with alcohol and substance abuse, and young offenders. The grant was used to help expand the Trust’s work by supporting an additional 30 homeless adults.

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