Canterbury’s Catching Lives left with no student volunteers from their recent session

Canterbury’s Catching Lives homeless charity were disappointed when no-one turned up to a volunteering session.

The event was shared on Facebook ‘ We are hosting a volunteer induction on Wednesday 13th December, 2.30pm-4pm in Eg02 for students and staff to find out about volunteer opportunities with the Canterbury Community Shelter, Catching Lives.’

They were hoping the 20 people who signed up for the introduction would help. However, only 1 person actually showed up to the event.

Co-ordinator Ellie put together a meeting which was free to the public to attend to volunteer and help the rough sleepers. ‘We have a bunch of paid leaders and over a hundred volunteers all together. We still need more because each day we notice someone else in need.’ She says they rely on volunteers and without volunteers the charity will fall.

‘We have 10 winter shelters across Folkestone, Kent, Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone and Ashford.’  the shelters hold roughly 20 people each night, which isn’t enough for the amount of rough sleepers.

The event consisted of Ellie explaining how people can volunteer and the type of things they will be doing with the homeless. On the Facebook event it says ‘There are a range of flexible roles including Evening Volunteers, Overnight Volunteers, Transport Volunteers and Kitchen Volunteers – so even if you can only spare a few hours, there is something that you can do to get involved.’

Lucy Woodward attended the meeting as the director of Employment and Enterprise Manager at Canterbury Christ Church University. She volunteers at the shelter’ It’s a real shame that we didn’t have a lot of people turn up because, we really rely on volunteers, it also means they’re missing out on such a rewarding opportunity. I have decide to create another induction in hope more people will attend. Anyone at anytime can E-mail volunteer@canterbury.ac.uk.’

If anyone is interested to become a volunteer be sure to email and look on there website to find out more: https://www.catchinglives.org/

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