Our winter shelter runs from 1st October 2018- 31st March 2019.
It uses 7 different church halls around Canterbury, providing 20 emergency bed spaces for homeless people.
To register for the shelter people can visit our daycentre on Station Road East and speak to a staff member there.
All potential guests must be with us by 11am if they want to be considered for a space that night. There are no new admissions over weekends (so a potential guest must be with us by 11am on a Friday if they wish to be considered for a space over the weekend).
If you are working for an organisation (statutory or charity), and wish to refer a service user to us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a referral form and guidance first before they arrive.
CCS offers a service to those with Housing Related Support needs. This service is available for people who:
-Are 18 years and older (Anyone younger will be signposted to the local authority).
-Are not considered, after assessment, to be too high a risk to themselves, staff, volunteers or other clients, or to need more support than we can offer.
-Are considered safe and suitable for admission by the admissions staff (i.e. the CCS Co-ordinator, General Manager, or Project Workers) who have the authority to determine whether CCS is able to provide overnight accommodation to a prospective client.
-Are willing to accept a full Risk and Needs Assessment and a Mental Health Assessment and engage with support offered by staff and services during their stay.
We are now recruiting for volunteers. Details on how to apply are here
We would also like to hear from anyone who would like to help with fundraising for the coming shelter, so if interested please get in touch (we can provide you with help to organise events, items to do it and will do our best to pop along to any events that are organised!).
Last year’s shelter
The Canterbury Community Shelter returned for its 8th year of running, opening its doors from 1st December 2017 until 28th February 2018.
During this time, 51 different clients made use of a combined 1234 overnight bed spaces in local church halls.
We are delighted to announce that during this period 39% of those who stayed in the shelter were able to find a more permanent form of accommodation.
You can read the full report by clicking here
Campaign Kent CIC Social Policy Reports- Please also find reports compiled by Kelly Napier, director at Campaign Kent (and a Catching Lives trustee) with detailed case studies of some of the situations, for example hospital discharge to street homelessness, that our shelter guests faced this winter, and also an analysis of the data collected (and how it compares to last year).
The campaign report on the Canterbury Community Shelter 2017/18 can be downloaded here
The Campaign Kent research report, taking statistics from the Canterbury and Folkestone shelters can be downloaded here
Thank you to everyone who supported us, including our volunteers, the seven church venues, all who undertook fundraising, and all who donated items, for helping us make the shelter a success and for your part in helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community find accommodation, or at least find shelter and safety during the 3 months.
There remain issues with the number of people being released from local prisons and hospitals without any where to stay and with the increased demand for private rented accommodation we are seeing a number of clients who have not been treated well by their landlords.
Canterbury Community Shelter can continue to make a difference with local people (such as our volunteers, donors or supporters) making real and measurable inroads on a local level, to a national problem. We couldn’t do it without your support.
If you would like any further information about the Canterbury Community Shelter you can email email@example.com for details.