Help with homelessness in Canterbury this month

Catching Lives is appealing for volunteers to help them battle homelessness in Canterbury.

The local charity is holding an induction session on January 22nd, between 12pm and 1:30pm, allowing students to help with any further opportunities at the charity after that date.

The induction is during ‘Personal Development Week’, and provides an amazing opportunity for students to help their local community.

The Catching Lives homeless shelter is opposite Canterbury East station.

Bradley Green, who works alongside the project, said: “At Canterbury Christ Church University we value the community that we live in and as part of CCCU’s Personal Development Week we have Christ Church Community Days, giving students the opportunity to try something new and give back to the community.

“With a range of roles from evening, overnight, transport and kitchen volunteering available, there is something for everybody. So even if you can only spare a few hours, please come and get involved!”

In the South East there are almost 28,000 people who wake up every day homeless. In Kent alone there are over 2,500 people who are either sleeping rough, do not have a home or are in emergency sheltered accommodation.

Bradley continued: “At Canterbury Christ Church University, we value the community that we live in.

“That’s why, as part of CCCU’s Personal Development Week, we are running Christ Church Community Days (in partnership with Catching Lives, East Kent Hospital Charity and Trust and Marie Curie) giving students the opportunity to try something new and give back to the community.”

With a range of taster sessions and events on offer, from a fundraising challenge, creative crafts, volunteer shifts at the Canterbury Winter shelter and delivering music therapy to dementia patients… there is something for everybody. So even if you can only spare a few hours, please come and get involved!

Catching Lives will be apart of the Christ Church Community days during the Personal Development Week, running from January 24-25.

What’s On

Mon 22nd Jan:

12-1:30pm Ng09 – Catching Lives Volunteer induction – Come along and find out about the different roles available at the Catching Lives Winter Shelter and sign up to volunteer as part of the Christ Church Community Day on Wednesday 24th January 2018

Tuesday 23rd:

Jan 11-2pm Augustine Hall – Find out about volunteering opportunities with local charities at the Housing and Opportunities Fayre

Wed 24th Jan:

10.30-2pm – Catching Lives ‘Make a Monster’ session, Jg22 – flex your creative muscles to make items to sell and raise funds for Catching Lives

12pm – Marie Curie Fundraising Challenge, Augustine House Atrium– take part in our reverse scavenger hunt, finding locations for Daffodil Appeal Boxes and be in with a chance of winning prizes!

5pm onwards – Winter Shelter – various roles available (explained at induction on 22nd)

For anymore information, email: volunteer@canterbury.ac.uk for more information

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