Charitable trusts and foundations

Work in partnership with us

We're working towards a fairer society where vulnerable people find stability, the most excluded are included, and where homelessness and poverty are things of the past.

We work with charitable trusts and foundations who share our goals, and help make this vision a reality.

If you would like to find out more about how we can work in partnership please contact

Our aims

  • To prevent people becoming homeless by offering personalised support.
  • To support vulnerable and isolated people to get the right help with their housing, education, employment and health issues.
  • To challenge negative attitudes towards those facing housing issues, living in poverty and those with mental ill-health.

Our funding priorities

Work, Health, Learning
There are a range of factors that place the people we support at a disadvantage in finding and sustaining work. People who are homeless are more likely than the general population to need help gaining important skills such as maths and English. They may also have support needs which can carry a stigma with prospective employers including substance misuse, offending histories and mental health issues.

Porchlight’s Work, Health, Learning programme provides pathways of support to help homeless and vulnerable people to find work, live independently and play a full and positive role in their communities. Our team offers:

  • Learning and personal development activities such as support to improve literacy, numeracy and IT skills, access to formal education and in-house training in subjects such as communications skills, money management, healthy eating and maintaining a tenancy.
  • Employability support including group and one-to-one job-search training and mentoring, access to work placements, apprenticeships, volunteering and employment opportunities.

BeYou activities

BeYou is the only service for LGBT+ young people in Kent. Young people who identify as LGBT+ are disproportionately affected by homelessness so we provide weekly drop-ins around the county as well as tailored 1:1 support for young people and their families.

We are seeking funding for activities for the drop-in groups so that young LGBT+ individuals have somewhere safe to hang out, be themselves and make friends.

Women’s services development

Our new service providing specialist support for women at risk of, or experiencing homeless is launching soon. We are seeking funding to appoint a dedicated street domestic violence worker and a mental health worker to help vulnerable women move forward with their lives.

Current partners

We would like to thank our current funding partners including:

  • National Lottery Community Fund
  • The Albert Hunt Trust
  • The Sobell Foundation
  • The Lawson Trust
  • Frank Brake Charitable Trust
  • The Pack Foundation
  • Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust
  • Streynsham’s Trust
  • Headley-Pitt Charitable Trust