We are one of the foremost charities supporting vulnerable and homeless people in Kent and Croydon. We have supported accommodation services in Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Ramsgate, Sittingbourne and Tonbridge, a homelessness prevention service and a dedicated rough sleeper team. We provide a range of services supporting people with complex needs, with specialist services for young people, ex-offenders and people with enduring mental health issues. Our focus is on long-term solutions, breaking the cycle of homelessness and ensuring that people can live independently in the future.
A groundbreaking report on LGBTQ youth homelessness in Kent will be launched at Porchlight’s 40th anniversary conference on 12 November.
With demand for our services increasing, an award from the Lloyds Bank Community Fund could make a big difference – so please take two minutes to vote and help us change the lives of homeless and vulnerable people.
Aside from the dramatic headlines on the Scottish referendum and the atrocities in the Middle East, the government is rolling out some further changes to welfare benefits that are likely to have a detrimental effect on vulnerable groups of people...
Register today for your free entry to Porchlight's Homelessness Conference looking at 40 years of innovation in helping homeless and vulnerable people across Kent and Croydon
School children across Kent are gearing up to ‘do something Purple 4 Porchlight’ on World Homeless Day on 10 October. If you would like to take part individually or get your team, church, workplace, business, school or club involved you can register online or call 01227 813199.
Porchlight welcomes this week’s report from the government’s chief medical officer which calls for mental health to be made a bigger priority in the NHS, but says that accessing and utilising healthcare is a particular challenge for homeless people.
Take part in the Assault Course Challenge and you can raise money for Porchlight, whilst enjoying the ultimate dirty day out!
They Lady Mayoress' Charity is hosting a quiz night on Friday 17th October at the Canterbury Conservative Club.
A new communal building for homelessness charity Porchlight was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Canterbury. The Craddock Cabin was built with a grant from the Big Lottery Fund and is being used for a variety of activities including job clubs, residents’ meetings and training courses, with the aim of helping Porchlight service users develop the skills and confidence they need to find work and live independently in the future.
Rachel Kelly joins Porchlight as our new PR & Communications Manager in the same week that Dave Lewis is rushed in as chief executive of Tesco. His remit? To lead a massive turnaround, despite having never run a retailer before. Find out more about what Rachel will be doing...
Chalkwell, who run bus services throughout Kent, is to provide free travel to and from job interviews for residents living in Porchlight’s homeless hostels. As the charity celebrates its 40th anniversary, the offer of support from Chalkwell has been described as ‘brilliant.’
A team of staff from Kent Union volunteered to help overhaul some of the gardens in our shared houses, read Sarah's blog to find out how they got on!
Want to know what it's like to volunteer for Porchlight? Read Megan's Q&A about her experience as a communications intern
No one could possibly have known, when signing-up to do the sponsored ‘Sleep-Out’, that Huricane Bertha would wend her merry way to Canterbury from the Caribbean, but she did! Arriving in the UK just in time to have us all very worried as we pitched our rather inadequate tents...
At the end of July, George Roberts and Chris Yarrow, both 22 from Elham and Dover, took on an epic 750 mile bike ride from Dover to Lands End and back again in aid of Porchlight.
This year the charity has the backing of Gillingham Football Club where staff and team players recently posed in purple.
A grant from the Big Lottery Fund has enabled residents at Craddock House to benefit from a new communal building which provides a space for a variety of activities.
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