The Haven Project offers simple help and kindness to people sleeping rough in the town. People can receive a warm dry place to be, with hot drinks, snacks, a laundry and showers.
In Whitstable, a number of people have nowhere to call their own to sleep at night. They rely on finding shelter where they can: a friend’s sofa, under a fire escape, in a disused garage, next to a beach hut. Other people are just a step away from this desperate situation: they suffer abuse for the sake of a place to stay.
The project is run by Churches Together and receives help from other charities. Porchlight offers advice and support on housing. Food Bank offers guests food and toiletries to take with them for the next few days. Soup Cellar at The Whitstable Umbrella Centre serves a hot midday meal before service users get to St John’s Methodist Church.
Haven Coordinator Roy Holland said: “Thanks to generous gifts we can offer spare clothes for keeping clean and warm and sleeping bags and rucksacks to help with sleeping rough.”
The Haven Project is open every Wednesday from 2pm-4pm at St John’s Methodist Church Hall on Argyle Road.
Email: Roy Hollands firstname.lastname@example.org