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.
Homelessness continues in Maidstone, Kent, with reported figures of 50+ men and women living on the streets. Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter relies on the partnership and support of all kinds of people, agencies and organisations, including volunteers and team members.
The 2019-20 Winter Shelter closed a week earlier than planned due to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, in order to protect our guests, volunteers and staff.
The MCWS Trustees do intend for the shelter to open again this coming winter, but will only proceed if they can be sure it is safe to do so.
We are currently awaiting Government guidance relating to church venues, cleaning processes, and food preparation before any further decisions can be made, but this page will be updated further once we know more.