It was with great sadness that we announced the passing of Homeless Care Trustee Diane Pointer. Di, as we all knew her, had been a great friend of the homeless in Maidstone for many years both with Maidstone Day Centre and Goodsell House. The Trustees and staff expressed their gratitude for all that she did to make life better for people going through a difficult time in their lives. Di will be sadly missed by many.
Di's funeral was held on the 23rd January at Vinters Park Crematorium. There was standing room only in the chapel that was packed with family, friends, colleagues and some of the people she had helped, all wanting to celebrate her life. Following Di's philosophy of helping others, her family had requested that instead of flowers, donations be made to Homeless Care.
For this we are truly grateful.
Are you or is someone you know homeless or facing the prospect?
If so we can help you.
- Maidstone Day Centre is open from from 8am to 2pm Monday to Thursday, 8am to 12 noon Friday and Saturday mornings 9-12.
- If you are homeless or worried that you could become so, then please come and talk to us at:
- Maidstone Day Centre
15 Knightrider Street
- You can ring us on: 01622 674064
or send an e-mail to:
For more information or if your organisation would like to hear from one of our speakers, please contact us on 01622 674064
What makes us so successful?
As a long established local charity we understand how difficult it can be to ask for help but we are able to respond immediately to the needs of an individual so there is no waiting list. We have a small, experienced and dedicated staff who are here 5 days a week, rain or shine.
We know that there are many men and women who without our support might still be homeless but we are also aware that there there are others waiting to be housed and sadly that is unlikely to change; every week we have new people registering for help.
Just imagine this scenario;
You have a job and live alone in a rented flat -you lose your job and can't find another one; your landlord will not accept Housing Benefit to pay the rent and so you are homeless. Not everyone has a family or friends to fall back on so what would you do? You are likely to feel scared, embarrassed, frightened and very lonely.
How do we help?
We understand how fear can present as aggression, how embarrassment can come over as arrogance and how difficult it is to ask for help. We can be the one constant in people's lives when their world is turned upside down.
We first of all provide the basic needs such as good food, hot showers and clean clothes and then we take the time to listen and to look at what that individual needs because one rule does not fit all.
Where do our clients come from?
People arrive from many different paths, newly homeless, long term rough sleepers, those with mental health problems, and those suffering from drug/alcohol addiction. It can take time to help someone back into housing and a stable lifestyle and the transition may not be easy but we are there for just as long as we are needed.
We know that homelessness can happen to anyone.