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Catching Lives appoints new Chief Executive and Chair as demand increases

Catching Lives has this month appointed its first Chief Executive. Tasmin Maitland joins the Canterbury charity after many years working in the homelessness sector, most recently in consultancy and as Assistant Director at Homeless Link. She joins Graeme Solly and Emma McCrudden on the leadership team at a time of growing demand for homelessness services.

The charity’s November AGM saw trustee Matt Reed appointed Chair, replacing Jason Hanford who stepped down after 3 years and becomes vice-Chair.

Catching Lives’ Open Centre has already seen a 30% increase in demand in the past year. Open 365 days a year to support people in Canterbury and East Kent who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, Catching Lives provides vital services at a time of rising rough sleeping and as cost-of-living pressures push more people to the brink of crisis.

Matt Reed, the new Chair of Trustees, said:

“We are so pleased to have Tasmin join us at this crucial time for Catching Lives. She brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge which will help us drive the charity forward to become a model of best practice and allow us to continue to support the work of the charity – services which are clearly, all the more needed for the most vulnerable in our community.”

Tasmin Maitland, Chief Executive, said:

“I’m excited to be joining the Catching Lives team and look forward to meeting our supporters and partners in the local community. This winter is a particularly challenging time and we’re already seeing more people turn to us for support. I’ll be working to keep our doors open every day, helping to prevent and end homelessness for the people of Canterbury and East Kent.”

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