At the heart of Canterbury’s homeless community, Catching Lives strives to ensure every client has access to basic essentials, especially throughout the winter months. We have clothing and kit available, as well as hot meals and drinks throughout the day. We have extended our opening hours to ensure individuals can stay warm for longer and our mental health professionals remain on hand during the day to support the 80% of clients facing mental health difficulties throughout their time on the streets.
For 365 days of the year, our day centre is open for clients to access breakfast and lunch, showers, laundry facilities, storage for personal belongings, communications c/o address (to enable access to a GP and dentist), IT facilities to assist in job searches, housing applications…etc and structured activities to gain skills and promote wellbeing. Additionally, we offer mental health support with trained professionals, advocacy and advise on homelessness, housing, welfare benefits, domestic violence, crisis recovery and support with alcohol and drug abuse, including referrals to specialist agencies. Our sustainment support offers assistance and advise when moving from the streets to independent accommodation, building self confidence and preventing social isolation.
This winter, we are extending our opening hours and are open from 9am – 9pm daily, with 9am – 2pm for all facilities and support, 2pm – 4pm for activities, then 4pm – 9pm for drop-in and a hot meal (last entry 7pm).
We are working with Canterbury City Council to help clients to access SWEP (Severe Weather Emergency Provision) during the coldest nights of the year.
If you might be interested in volunteering with Catching Lives to help us to continue to provide our much needed services to the homeless and vulnerable housed of Canterbury, please take a look at our volunteering page.