As you may know, our Winter Shelter runs every year between December and February to provide warm accommodation to the homeless of Canterbury. This year, we had planned to proceed with our shelter as we would normally, with a church-based shelter available for up to 20 people. However, the recent Covid variant, Omicron put pay to these plans and we have had to find different accommodation that allows for individuals to have their own space to distance from others during this time.
Lynda Desmarais, a good friend and long time supporter of Catching Lives has very kindly allowed us to borrow a city centre Ben & Breakfast for the duration of the Winter Shelter project to ensure we are able to continue with it. This is such a kind gesture and we are extremely grateful to her for this. Lynda owns Canterbury’s only organic eco food shop, Unboxed Kent, based in St Peter’s Street, Canterbury.
We have now begun the project and are currently accommodating 5 clients at the shelter, with our project workers on hand to support them. We are looking forward to a successful Winter Shelter project and thanks to everyone involved, and expecially Lynda.
Find out more about our Winter Shelter here.