Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter brings together Churches, church members and volunteers in Maidstone. The Shelter works by using seven venues (mostly churches close to Maidstone town centre) who provide overnight hospitality and accommodation, one night per week for up to 15 guests, over a 12 to 13 week period during the coldest part of the winter. We are supported by almost 300 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 previous winters.
Meet Our Trustees...
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
Rabi Atiti is the founder of Inspire Networks with over 15 years of experience in business leadership and mentoring. She is passionate about social justice and community engagement. Her passion stems from a lived experience and a drive to build and foster integration in communities.
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.
Gordon Mackley - Chairman
Gordon retired in 2016 from a 43 year-long career in railway operation al management and transport information systems. He is a Licensed Lay Reader in a Church of England church in Maidstone and also serves on Maidstone Deanery Synod. He has served as a Street Pastor in Maidstone since the start of the scheme in October 2008 and is currently a Team Leader. He became involved in the Shelter from the first year serving as a volunteer.
A warm welcome overnight
for homeless people in the coldest months