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Catching Lives receives £10k grant from The Philip and Connie Phillips Foundation

Patrick du Cassé, Debbie Wilkes, Trustees of The Philip and Connie Phillips Foundation and Catching Lives Chief Executive Tasmin Maitland

Catching Lives has been awarded a £10,000 grant by The Philip and Connie Phillips Foundation towards its Volunteer Coordinator role.

Trustees Patrick du Cassé and Debbie Wilkes met clients, volunteers and staff when they visited the Canterbury day centre in Station Road East, Canterbury on Wednesday 17 May.

Chief Executive Tasmin Maitland said: “We are very grateful to The Philip and Connie Phillips Foundation for this generous grant, which will help the role that oversees our 70 brilliant volunteers, who are at the heart of Catching Lives and the services we offer.”

The trustees learned about Catching Lives and all the services it offers for people experiencing homelessness every day of the week, from two meals a day to mental health support and afternoon activities.

The Philip and Connie Phillips Foundation is an independent foundation established to further the charitable intentions set out in the wills of Philip and Connie Phillips, who were both long term residents of Kent. The foundation makes grants to support Kent charities who demonstrate their impact on the health and wellbeing of their local community.

Patrick du Cassé, Trustee, said: “Catching Lives fitted well with the remit of our grants process.

“Today, it has been great to see the good work the charity is doing and the impact it makes. The day centre feels like a safe place and the individual approach to clients is great.”

Debbie Wilkes, Trustee, said: “We offer small grants to registered charities based in Kent and people can find out more via our website.

“Catching Lives has such a holistic approach to the clients’ whole lives. It was great to feel the buzz of the kitchen this morning.”

Tasmin added: “Catching Lives is focused on solutions, talking to people about what their needs are and supporting individuals to make a change.”

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