What we do

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

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

In 2015/16 we supported nearly 5000 people but we couldn’t do it without the hard work and commitment of supporters, partners, funders and staff, and of course, the people that we support.

Our services

Our 179 staff members support around 1200 people on a daily basis, making a positive impact on adults, children, families and communities as a whole.


Our 6 pledges to support and develop our communities

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Long term solutions

Our service users are actively involved at all levels of the charity's decision making process because we understand that they have a pivotal role to play in shaping and improving the delivery of our services. 

The difference we make

Our services cover the whole of Kent. Last year we supported 5000 people, making a positive impact on adults, children, families and communities as a whole.

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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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About us

In 1974, motivated by his own experience of being homeless, Tom Gifford set up Porchlight (formerly the Canterbury Cyrenians) with the aim of encouraging the local community to help the homeless.  


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