The Winter Shelter is making a big difference to the lives of people who, in circumstances often beyond their control, find themselves homeless.
According to Crisis the number of rough sleepers is forecast to rise by 76 percent in the next decade.
Whilst homelessness continues in Maidstone, Kent, Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter will be there to provide help and support, working alongside other agencies and organisations, including volunteers and team members.
Planning for winter 2020-21 has been very different to previous years, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the ever changing circumstances and guidance.
Following the latest and ongoing Government guidance, we are unable to offer overnight accommodation (dormitory-style in church halls) for our local homeless community at the present time. However, we are working closely with Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) who will provide a room/temporary accommodation to help keep everyone safe and off the streets this winter.
In order for us to continue to provide support to our local homeless community, we will be offering a hot meal and some social interaction to those guests who are in a room/temporary accommodation but have no access to cooking facilities or money for food. We will be working within the current Covid guidelines to ensure that, between us and MBC, we help those most in need. We will run this provision from Monday 04 January 2021 until, and including, Sunday 28 March 2021.
Here you can read our joint Press Release with Maidstone Borough Council for winter 2020-21.
We still require volunteers in order for us to run our 'meals only' support over the winter period. If you wish to volunteer, please click the box below.