Charity information


At Porchlight, we help people who have nowhere to go and no-one to turn to; some people are homeless, others are struggling to cope with the pressures in their lives and need our support to keep on track.

We help vulnerable and isolated people get support with their mental health, housing, education and employment. We provide young people and adults with the advice, guidance and skills to live independently in the future, to play an active role in their local communities.

Founded 1974

  • Mission statement

    We strive for a fairer society where vulnerable people find stability, the most excluded are included, and where homelessness and poverty are things of the past.

    Our mission is to change lives for the better, by:
    ~ Preventing people from becoming homeless through the provision of timely and personalised support services
    ~ Providing housing, education, employability and personal development support to the most vulnerable and isolated people in our communities
    ~ Challenging negative attitudes towards people who are homeless, living with mental ill-health, or living in poverty

  • Aims

    Porchlight aims to:

    • We want to prevent people becoming homeless by offering personalised support.
    • We want the most vulnerable and isolated people to get the right support to help them with their housing, education, employment and health issues.
    • We want to challenge negative attitudes towards those facing housing issues, living in poverty and those with mental ill-health.
    • We live our values through our work – inclusiveness, integrity, compassion, empowerment, passion and innovation.
  • Overview

    Established: April 1974

    Registered Charity Number: 267116

    Board members: 12

    Full time staff: 150

    Part time staff: 45

    Volunteers: 50

    Phone number: 01227 760078

    Address: 2nd Floor Watling Chambers18-19 Watling StreetCanterburyKent CT1 2UA

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