What we do

We help people who have nowhere to go and no-one to turn to. Some are people are homeless, others are struggling to cope with the pressures in their lives and need our support to keep on track.  

Working across Kent and the south east, we help vulnerable and isolated people get support with their mental health, housing, education and employment. We provide children, young people and adults with the advice, guidance and skills to live independently in the future, play an active role in their local community and fulfil their potential.

Porchlight was founded in 1974 by Tom Gifford. Motivated by his own experience of being homeless, he set up Porchlight (formerly the Canterbury Cyrenians) to encourage the local community to help homeless people. Since then, we've grown from a single hostel in Canterbury to an organisation that supports around 5,000 people a year.

Our services

We have lots of services that can help. Call us free on

0800 567 7699


Our 6 pledges to support and develop our communities

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Long term solutions

The people we help are actively involved at all levels of Porchlight's decision making processes because we understand that they have a pivotal role to play in shaping and improving the delivery of our services. 

The difference we make

Last year we supported around 5000 people. Read our annual review to see the difference we're making across Kent.

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Our publications

We share regular news bulletins, information and research with our supporters and stakeholders. Click below to view our publications.

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Meet the team

Porchlight is run by a team of experienced and qualified staff. Our Leadership Team reports directly into the Board of Trustees which has ultimate responsibility for the charity.