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We have received a lot of support from funders, both corporate and individuals and would like to thank them all so much for recognising the value in the Shelter and for helping us achieve such fantastic outcomes for our guests and experiences for our volunteers

Big Lottery Fund







Obart Pumps








Kent Police and Commissioner's Fund







Kingswood Christmas Trees







Kent fire and rescue








Maidstone Borough Council







Mid kent DFSA









Safer Kent








St. Luke's Maidstone













Our Venues

Maidstone Day Centre

The Maidstone Family Church

Also, thanks must go to the Vine Church, St Faith's Church of England, St Nicholas Church (Allington) and Maidstone Family Church for donations of clothing and special collections.

St Michael's Church of England for donating fruit, and many other churches that supported in different ways.

Our Trustees

Gordon Mackley (Chair), Michelle Peirce, Wendy Tull, Martin Hinchliffe, Kerry Faulkner, Zofia Grzymala and John Tapper. This is where the buck stops. They have been exemplary in support of staff, overseeing all activity in the Shelter with good grace, determination, integrity and vision to continue to develop the Shelter year on year.

Our Staff

Andy James our Project Manager for 2017/18, Ophelia Orr our Administrator and our 2017/18 Project Workers - Aziza, Gwyn, Rebecca and Farzaneh. Thank you for working so hard to ensure the Shelter opens for yet another year.

Our Partners

Sue Jones, Kent County Council Public Health, for coming to the Shelter each week to inform guests on various aspects of health. John Littlemore, Pauline Meaney, Will Myers, Laura Mason and the Gateway staff from Maidstone Borough Council, colleagues from Porchlight, Maidstone Day Centre, Probation, Housing, the Crime Reduction Initiative (CRI), Kent and Medway Partnership Trust (KMPT) Community Health Team. Thank you for your willingness to engage with the project and ensure guests are supported on their paths to re-engagement in the community.

Our Guests

To the people who have touched the lives of so many of us, showing such great determination and perseverance in attempting to move their lives on with our support, in the face of desolation and despair. Thank you for allowing us to support your transition to becoming an active community member.

People who supported the Shelter in other, wonderful ways

Alex Griffith for designing our report with such skill. www.alexgriffith.co.uk


Tom Phillips for taking such great photos. www.tomphillipsphotos.co.uk


Maidstone Rucksack Project for fifteen rucksacks packed with toiletries, cereal bars, gloves, hats, scarves etc.


Gwyn McPherson for not only giving foot and hand massages to our guests each week, also for providing food and clothing.







Sonia Butler for all the extra effot at Christmas, making and filling stockings for guests.


Claire Haffenden for encouraging us when funding was so hard to secure, writing successful funding applications and training our volunteer funding team.


Scotts Project Trust who provided items of clothing and toiletries, also donations.


Voluntary Action Maidstone's Brighter Futures and Falls Prevention Service for donations of clothing.





Charities aid foundation






Funding for All








Kent County Council

Councillor Gary Cooke, Kent County Council






Kent Community foundations








Maidstone Grammar School







Maidstone riverside







Maidstone Family Church









Sainsbury's in Maidstone








The Tudor Trust









A warm welcome overnight

for homeless people in the coldest months

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01622 296 450


6 Buckland Road, Maidstone, ME16 0SL


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