Halfway through August already! 2021 so far has been an ever changing scene with confusion over 'the rules' and the opening up of our high streets. I hope that the sun is shining where you are today, lifting your mood and making life just that bit more cheerful. As restrictions are lifting many of us are still remaining cautious until we feel more confident about relaxing our guard. It's the uncertainty that is the problem for most, with plans that we know can change at the drop of a hat or at the stroke of a minister's pen. So, a day at a time for just a bit longer.
We know that in our area there are lots of people who are struggling to cope financially and mentally with life changing effects of the pandemic. Here at Homeless Care we are continuing to support homeless and vulnerable people, as we have done for over 30 years. Since the start of the pandemic last year, we have had to modify our services, so at Maidstone Day Centre we are operating an appointment system, to ensure distancing. Some of our one to one meetings with our clients are face to face with PPE and distancing but if this is not possible we are keeping in touch by phone.
Our food bank, Food for Thought,has been particulary busy providing parcels t for those who would otherwise go hungry,
If you are in need of a food parcel, please contact manager, Matt Lamb, on 01622 674064 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We can only offer help because of all the people in our community who support Homeless Care so a huge thank you to everyone who is making our work possible during these difficult times.
Homelessness in 2021
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.
Some of the support we provide when we are able to offer a full service.
- 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
In 1976 Goodsell House was set up as a trust by the founder of a local building firm to provide accommodation tfor homeless men. Over the years many residents have been grateful for respite from the streets and the chance to turn their lives around. Goodsell House was registered with the Council as a House of Multiple Ocupation (HMO) for 9 people but recently, in answer to the needs of our residents, the status was changed to that of Supported Housing.
Over tthe last couple of years we have carried out an extensive programme of improvements to the house, at huge costs to the charity but this is money very well spent and is making life safer and more comfortable for the residents. Much of our focus is now on addressing the mental health and other needs of our clients and we have set up an office at Goodsell House where as well as admin work, one to one meetings can take place in privacy, with our Mental Health Specialist or other health practitioners.
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