Our plans for winter 2021 were very different to usual, due to the Covid pandemic, which meant we were unable to provide overnight accommodation for our guests and could only offer hot meals, food parcels and some social support to our guests.

 

However, for winter 2022 we will be working in a very similar manner to pre-Covid years, but with a few adjustments in order to keep our guests, volunteers and staff safe from the ongoing pandemic.

 

Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter brings together Churches, Church members and Volunteers (both secular and non-secular) in Maidstone.

The Winter Shelter is a ‘rolling shelter’, meaning that the load is shared between church venues and teams.  During winter 2022, the shelter will use 5 different church venues, all close to Maidstone town centre, to provide meals and hospitality/support to our homeless guests and anyone else who is in NEED of a hot meal.

 

Any homeless guests who require a bed for the night will then, subject to an assessment process, be offered a bed at a rented, supervised property for the night.  Breakfast will be provided the following morning before guests leave the property for the day.

The shelter will open on Monday 3rd January 2022 and run until the morning of Friday 1st April 2022, covering the coldest months of the winter.

During our first winter (2013/14) we offered 10 bed spaces to our guests per night, but we have offered up to 15 bed spaces per night in subsequent years. 

However, Maidstone Borough Council have once again been offered Government funding to help keep people off the streets this winter, so we are anticipating a reduction in our number of overnight guests.  We are planning to have 4 x overnight rooms, but have a contingency plan if this number needs to be increased.  Our aim is to ensure that nobody is left to sleep on the streets during the coldest months of the winter.

We have a determined board of Trustees who ensure our Aims are fulfilled each year.  We also have a small team of part-time staff who oversee the Shelter Operations and an administrator/volunteer co-ordinator to deal with the admin duties required in running the shelter and keeping volunteers informed. 

We are supported by a large team of volunteers, whose support is invaluable to the success of the shelter.  Our volunteers: 

  • support our guests during afternoon 'drop in sessions'

  • set up the Shelter each night

  • cook and serve an evening meal

  • provide hospitality and a safe environment for our guests to eat and relax

  • provide breakfast and a packed lunch the following morning before the guests leave for the day. 

 

What we do

Our plans for winter 2021 were very different to usual, due to the Covid pandemic, which meant we were unable to provide overnight accommodation for our guests and could only offer hot meals, food parcels and some social support to our guests.

 

However, for winter 2022 we will be working in a very similar manner to pre-Covid years, but with a few adjustments in order to keep our guests, volunteers and staff safe from the ongoing pandemic.

 

Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter brings together Churches, Church members and Volunteers (both secular and non-secular) in Maidstone.

The Winter Shelter is a ‘rolling shelter’, meaning that the load is shared between church venues and teams.  During winter 2022, the shelter will use 5 different church venues, all close to Maidstone town centre, to provide meals and hospitality/support to our homeless guests and anyone else who is in NEED of a hot meal.

 

Any homeless guests who require a bed for the night will then, subject to an assessment process, be offered a bed at a rented, supervised property for the night.  Breakfast will be provided the following morning before guests leave the property for the day.

The shelter will open on Monday 3rd January 2022 and run until the morning of Friday 1st April 2022, covering the coldest months of the winter.

During our first winter (2013/14) we offered 10 bed spaces to our guests per night, but we have offered up to 15 bed spaces per night in subsequent years. 

However, Maidstone Borough Council have once again been offered Government funding to help keep people off the streets this winter, so we are anticipating a reduction in our number of overnight guests.  We are planning to have 4 x overnight rooms, but have a contingency plan if this number needs to be increased.  Our aim is to ensure that nobody is left to sleep on the streets during the coldest months of the winter.

We have a determined board of Trustees who ensure our Aims are fulfilled each year.  We also have a small team of part-time staff who oversee the Shelter Operations and an administrator/volunteer co-ordinator to deal with the admin duties required in running the shelter and keeping volunteers informed. 

We are supported by a large team of volunteers, whose support is invaluable to the success of the shelter.  Our volunteers: 

  • support our guests during afternoon 'drop in sessions'

  • set up the Shelter each night

  • cook and serve an evening meal

  • provide hospitality and a safe environment for our guests to eat and relax

  • provide breakfast and a packed lunch the following morning before the guests leave for the day. 

 

moving on

Whilst in the Shelter, our guests are encouraged and supported to liaise with other organisations such as Maidstone Borough Council Outreach team, Maidstone Day Centre, CGL (Change, Grow, Live) in order to support them with access to benefits/employment and into accommodation (temporary or permanent), helping them to move off the streets for good.