Gravesend has a large community of people who are homeless.

Many are malnourished, in need of medical help and support, but are unsure of who to turn to. Much of this goes unseen, but becomes apparent at night as uncovered by members of the Street Pastors and Foodbank teams.

The reasons for homelessness are varied and include:

  • People who have lost their jobs and through a series of incidents now find themselves unable to find a place to live
  • Immigrants, many of which cannot speak English, that have been trafficked on the promise of jobs and homes which didn’t materialised
  • People with social and mental issues that lack proper care and support and now find themselves on the street.

Although there are local government and charitable organisations seeking to address this problem, the reality is that some will remain homeless over this coming winter.

Sanctuary Aim

Our aim at Sanctuary is to be a ‘first point of contact’ to those who are homeless irrespective of situation or background, with a focus on providing assistance not catered by other agencies. Activities are either run directly by our volunteers or in conjunction with other partners such as Porchlight, Gravesend Job Centre and the local borough council.

Sanctuary Activities Include

A winter shelter (December – March) that provides our guests with a warm, safe place to sleep three evenings a week.

An evening drop-in centre (April – June, September – November) providing hot meals on two evenings a week.

Daytime provision of:

  • Hot showers
  • Laundering of clothes
  • New/second hand clothing
  • Help with paper work, including repatriation back to a home country
  • Liaison with authorities who can provide work, benefits and accommodation

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