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 homeless people.  

Since then, the charity he created has grown from a single hostel in Canterbury to an organisation that supports around 5000 people a year.


Our structure

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

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