Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter brings together Churches, church members and volunteers in Maidstone. The Shelter works by each of seven venues (six local churches and the Maidstone Day Centre) providing overnight hospitality and accommodation, one night a week for up to 15 guests over a 12 week period during the coldest part of the winter. We are supported by over 200 volunteers who, each night, set up the Shelter, cook and serve an evening meal and breakfast, provide hospitality and a safe overnight environment to ensure a good night's sleep.
As well as a determined board of Trustees, the Shelter employs a small team to provide operations management, accommodation, administration and volunteer support. The Trustees recognise that whilst the Shelter has improved year on year, there is an ongoing need to learn lessons from the last winter.
Meet Our Trustees...
Revd Bill Miller
Martin has a strong background in business and is the lead Trustee for Operations. He has volunteered for the Shelter and other homeless charities including Crisis at Christmas
Michelle started her involvement with the Shelter as a volunteer and is now a Trustee with the lead responsibility for fundraising which include grant applications and corporate giving. Michelle is a regular volunteer at the Shelter providing overnight cover.
Rev John Tapper
Wendy has over 30 years HR experience and is the lead Trustee for this specialism. She is an active Christian and has good links with local faith-based groups. Wendy also volunteers at the Shelter providing overnight cover.
Kerry has, until very recently, been working for a homeless charity and is now studying Mental Health Nursing PgDip. She has worked as a Project Worker for the Shelter in previous years.
Rev Canon John is a Chartered Accountant and is the charity’s Treasurer. John has assisted the Shelter both as an overnight volunteer, and also collecting items for the guests.
Zofia has substantial knowledge of the homeless sector and bring this to her role as Trustee. She is currently the Manager of Homeless Care Maidstone Day Centre which is one of the Shelter’s key partners.
Bill is the minister of Maidstone Baptist Church and serves as Chair of the Trustees, focusing especially on church relations. He is a qualified social worker and has in the past worked full-time in a direct access hostel for homeless men and as a probation officer. Over the years he has chaired a number of community organisations including West Bromwich Street Pastors, Churches Together in Maidstone and the governors of a local primary school.
A warm welcome overnight
for homeless people in the coldest months