Since the 11th July we have extended the opening times at our daycentre in Canterbury so that our homeless clients can stay until 5pm (rather than the usual 2pm) to escape the extreme heat. Canterbury Council have provided funding as part of their Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) to help us cover the additional staff costs during these extra hours we are open. This funding ends on Wednesday 20th but we are looking to ensure that we continue to remain open until as late in the afternoon as possible if temperatures remain high.
We are also undertaking extra outreach in areas such as Herne Bay and Whitstable to ensure support, and provision of items, can be given to those who cannot come to our centre.
We are also supporting any rough sleepers who are more at risk from the high temperatures than others (for example due to age or health reasons) to apply for emergency housing from the council.
If you have items such as water, food, suncream and hats you would like to distribute but do not feel comfortable doing directly please note that we accept such items at our daycentre and can distribute to those who need them most.
Most homeless people will likely be aware of this, due to our outreach and also that of Canterbury Council and Porchlight’s outreach workers who are walking around the town giving out such items, however if you spot anyone in need of help please direct them to our centre or give us a call for advice on 01227 464904.