Kent Messenger Column - 16-12-16
For those without a roof over their head in Maidstone, the Churches Winter Shelter returns in the New Year, offering beds, a warm meal, companionship and constructive advice
Now in its fourth year, the scheme reopens for 12 weeks from the 3rd January 2017. It is entirely reliant on the assistance of volunteers and last year opened its doors to 77 people, some who went on to find employment or long term accommodation. But this year your help is needed more than ever.
For those who wish to uncover their culinary skills, a Lead Cook is required for Wednesday evenings. You can also host a collection tin, raise some money or donate non-feather pillows and pillow cases. Hair Professional Salon on King Street in Maidstone, have been kind enough to do the laundry for the Shelter one night of the week. If you are able to take on some laundry, the Shelter can arrange a drop off and a collection.
The Shelter is held at a different church each night in the centre of Maidstone with 4 volunteers on duty from 9pm to 7am. Volunteers who stay overnight are provided with a room to sleep in during their half of the shift. If you wish to get involved, please contact Maidstone Shelter on 01622 296 450, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website here.
I am also looking forward to my visit to the Maidstone Day Centre where I will be serving Christmas lunch to the homeless on 22nd December at Lily Smith House, 15 Knightrider Street, ME15 6LP. The lunch is organised by Homeless Care, who run the Maidstone Day Centre and they are also in need of monetary donations, clothes and food. If you can help call 01622 674074 or click 'Maidstone Day Centre' above.
I applaud all of you who will be working tirelessly to spread the Christmas cheer this season. Your selfless and kind deeds do not go unnoticed.