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Winter Provision

catching lives winter provision

What is the Winter Provision?

This winter we will be extending our day centre’s opening hours each evening of the week (including weekends).聽

This is for anyone who is homeless or vulnerably housed and includes:

路 Day Centre open every day from 9am until 9pm (last entry 7pm)

路 Hot evening meal聽

路 Activities

. Access to internet

路 Individual support to people who are homeless or vulnerably housed to keep safe and well during the winter and beyond

路 Joint working with Canterbury City Council to help people access severe weather emergency provision (SWEP) and other housing offers

Please note– some daycentre services such as laundry/ shower access will remain 9-2pm only as standard practice, and will only be available in evenings at staff’s discretion.

How you can help


To help our winter provision run smoothly we require volunteers to-

-Prepare an evening meal聽(served at 7pm)

-Support the staff team

-Engage in activities聽with clients

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Ruth Akehurst if interested-



If you would like to help us raise funds for our winter provision please email our fundraiser Mick- fundraising@catchinglives.org聽

Additional money means we can do even more to support our clients during this difficult time of the year.

winter provision

How Does The Provision Work?

Additional Support

聽We will also ensure聽anyone sleeping rough has adequate kit/clothing etc
to stay warm, and look at ways in which we can meet individual needs in other flexible ways through the winter with the funding we have available.

– We will also look at extending our sustainment work with people placed out of area, and ways of supporting them to be able to continue to access the services they need.聽

How to Access

Individuals can approach the door of our day centre on Station Road East and speak to a staff member directly to discuss what support we can offer (if they are completely unknown to us it would be helpful if they can make their first visit to us聽 between 9-2pm as a starting point so we can chat to them first but if not they can still arrive for the first time later in day and speak to staff then).

Please be aware that anyone who accesses will be subject to our Centre Agreement in place to keep everyone safe and we may ask for some additional information such as medical conditions and medication, again to ensure all are safe.

Alternatively, please feel free to get in touch for more info if you are working with anyone who may benefit from our support to discuss.

Working with us

If you are a member of an organisation/ group which could offer our clients support in the afternoons/evenings please get in touch, for example we are looking to extend the drop-ins available, such as financial/ budgeting advice, mental health and welfare support, etc

Campaign Work

Campaign Kent CIC Social Policy Reports-聽Please also find reports compiled by Kelly Napier, director at聽Campaign Kent (and a Catching Lives trustee) with detailed case studies of some of the situations, for example hospital discharge to street homelessness, that our clients have faced in previous winters.