Throughout October, we have seen an increase in the number of clients through our doors, as expected with the drop in temperature. With that in mind, the Catching Lives staff recently met to discuss how best to transform our indoor space into a more welcoming and homely place for clients to spend time, ensuring it is a place they feel welcomed and safe. So far, we have identified that we could offer more in the way of activities for clients to occupy their time and were vey quickly offered some board games from Big Potato Games and the maker of the ‘Glasgow’ board game, Mandela Fernandez-Grandon. These will be a very welcome addition to our board game library and we look forward to seeing clients engaging in these activities throughout the Winter months.
The Art-In-A-Box project started at the beginning of the pandemic as a way to provide easy to follow art and craft projects in small packages to clients that were being housed in nearby B&Bs as part of the Government’s pandemic plan. It was a good way to stay connected with clients and provide something to keep them busy, whilst enabling them to focus on their wellbeing at this time. The accomplishment felt by completing these projects was so well received by clients that our Arts Co-ordinator, Miriam has recently been praised by BBC Radio Kent, In Your Area and Smiley News for the project’s success. There are plans in the works for more Art-in-a-box packages to be created, since the first batch was such a success.
The Canterbury Chamber Choir organised a concert in aid of Catching Lives for World Homeless Day on 10th October at St Edmunds School. The event was a big success and was enjoyed by everyone that attended. If you missed out on this event, make sure to book tickets for the Canterbury Chamber Choir’s ‘Songs of Christmas’, which promises a celebration of Christmas with carols and songs old and new, for all the family. The event is being held at St Peters Church, High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2BQ and is on Sunday 12th December at 3.30pm. To book, click here.
You asked – we listened. Our brand new website has been in the making for a few months and is now available to view at the same web address as before, but is much faster and with more content. The blog allows for easy access to all articles, we’ve added photos of staff and trustees, there’s extra information, as well as a gallery.
We are currently seeking to employ a number of project workers to aid in the running of the Canterbury Community Shelter for a three-month period throughout the Winter. The closing date for these roles is Friday 5th November at midday, so if you are interested in applying, please see the details here. The post is subject to enhanced DBS checks and you can apply by sending a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have been receiving Harvest donations throughout the month and would like to say a big thank you to everyone that donated food items, items from our wanted list and those that raised funds for us throughout October. Here’s a picture of the donation we received from Canterbury Primary School:
If you have any pictures or news you would like to share with our newsletter subscribers, whether you have raised funds for us, or have a photo from an event we’re involved in, we would love to hear from you. You can do this by contacting email@example.com.
Finally, as we are entering the more challenging end of the year, with an influx of clients and our Winter Shelter beginning very soon, we’re appealing for donations to help keep the lights on at our Day Centre. Every little amount makes a difference and we can help a lot of people with your donations – take a look at the donate page on our new website.
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