Throughout October, Catching Lives is working alongside members of our community, including churches and schools, to spread the word about rough sleeping and homelessness in the local area.
Please see below for information on upcoming events and ways that you can get involved yourself. (This information will be updated regularly).
Please see below video outlining the current nature of rough sleeping in Canterbury and how you can make a positive impact on your local community.
UPDATE: Our book can now be purchased on Amazon by clicking here
There is also a limited stock available at our daycentre (Station Road East) and Bookshop (Palace Street)
Catching Lives invites you to a magical book event. Please join us to celebrate the release of our debut book “Harbledown Hope”, written and illustrated by clients at our daycentre. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the writers and illustrators and see the amazing art work, illustrations and photography that have been produced through this incredible journey.
The Homeless Experiences that Inspired Our Harbledown Story : At Catching Lives we have written a story for children based on the experiences of the homeless through the eyes of animals. The choice of the urban fox called Harbledown for the main character, has been central to this. Right from the beginning this was a character that many can relate to and enables them to bring in their own experiences, the ups and downs of homeless life and the emotions and trauma endured by our community.
All of the settings chosen for our story, can relate to and are featured within “A Walk in Our Shoes “ monograph. Urban foxes often wander their own lonely road being maligned and misunderstood.
Harbledown is one of us. “Harbledown Hope” has inspired our community to write and illustrate their ﬁrst book to be published and will be launched on World Homeless Day at the Open Centre on:
Tuesday 10th October 2017. 2pm – 4pm and 6.30pm – 8.30pm.
Refreshments (drinks, sandwiches and cakes will be available)
Please RSVP if you would like to attend by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
The first session (2-4pm) was a huge success- Thank you to all who came and to all our volunteers who prepared the wonderful food below.
Sleepouts and non-uniform days
Various groups, including schools and churches are undertaking events for us throughout October, including:
Canterbury College Sleepout- (students sleeping on college campus)-
A huge well done to students and staff for taking action and sleeping out on World Homeless Day in order to raise awareness of homlessness in the local area.
They have raised an incredible 3600 so far (as of 11/10/17). You can show your support by donating here
St Peter’s Methodist Primary School Non-Uniform Day- Friday 13th October
Stelling Minnis Primary School Non-Uniform’ day Friday 13th October
St Mary’s Stelling Church Sleepout- 20th October, 6:30pm till morning
(if you would like to take part please contact Geoff on 07495 158386 or Email: email@example.com)
Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle- 4th October (82 mins running time)
Playing at The Gulbenkian Cinema at University of Kent, Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle explores the agenda behind the neglect, demolition and regeneration of council estates in the U.K. over the past thirty years. The film reveals how individuals and communities are fighting against the state and private developers, as they try to save their homes from demolition, while investigating the decisions that turned a crisis into a tragedy.
There will also be an information video detailing the work undertaken by Catching Lives shown before the film and a Q&A panel afterwards, with our General Manager Terry Gore included.
More information about the film can be found here
More information/ get involved
If you would like more information, for example if the above has inspired you to get involved with something yourself, please email firstname.lastname@example.org