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Community Work

Community Impact

What do we mean by community impact and what do we do to have an impact on our community?

Catchinglives is a local charity that has been operating in Canterbury and East Kent for over 20 years. In that time we have gone through a number of changes; have grown and shrunk; have changed name and focus. But through all of this we have always wanted to make a difference to the communities that we have operated in.


The difference and impact that we want to have is simple enough; we want to help improve the lives of those who use our services and we want to enlist the help of all sections of the community in doing so. We want to help change attitudes and inform people about the issues surrounding homelessness; issues that, in this era of cuts and austerity, have the potential to affect us all. We also want to use our skills and expertise to help others in their work. We want to and do, all of these things.

At the Heart of the Community

As part of our community work we take work and study placements, do schools talks and training events, deliver tailored training on a variety of subjects, arrange visits to our Open Centre for schools and youth groups, take and train all kinds of volunteers, talk to church groups and congregations; but we want to do much more.

Beginning with the Canterbury Community Shelter, which was started with the assistance of many of the church communities in and around Canterbury, we have worked with an incredible mixture of organisations, building on the strengths of local individuals, associations, and bodies, statutory and otherwise. By continuing this work and by drawing on the resources of the larger community we can continue our work for many years to come.

Just some of the organisations we have worked with are listed below:


University of Kent (Canterbury), Kent Union, Canterbury Christ Church University, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury College, University of the Third Age, Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School, The King’s School (Canterbury), The Archbishop’s School Canterbury, St Edmund’s School Canterbury, St Peter’s Methodist Church, St Nicholas’ Church, Thanington, St Thomas’ Catholic Parish Church, All Saints’ Church, St Stephen’s Parish Church, The Dean and Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral, Herne Church, Canterbury Baptist Church, The Vinyard Church, Santander, Porchlight, The Salvation Army, KCA (UK) Ltd, Kent Probation Trust, Thanington Resource Centre, Yorkshire Building Society, Waitrose, Canterbury City Partnership, Canterbury City Council, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Homelesslink, Littlebourne Primary School, Chaucer Technology School, St Mary’s, Stelling Minnis, St George’s Church, Benenden, Minster Abbey, The Quakers Friends Meeting House, Canterbury, Graveney Primary School, Faversham, Hoath Primary School, Whitstable Endowed School, Sibertswold Primary School, Shepherdswell, Littlebourne Primary School, Sainsbury, La Trappiste.

I’m sure I will have missed some (and if I have, let me know and I’ll happily add you to the list) but I hope you get the point; that by working together, all can benefit and we can all try and make OUR community a better place for all.

If you would like to arrange a talk, a training event, a visit to Canterbury Open Centre or would to discuss any project that could benefit our community, please email press@catchinglives.org or call 01227 464904.

The National Citizenship Service (NCS) run youth workshops for teens locally and on many occasions have chosen Catching Lives for projects involving fundraising and raising awareness of our cause.