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Catching Lives - Canterbury Open Centre

Catching Lives is an independent charity which is dedicated to supporting people who are homeless and vulnerable in Canterbury.

Some of the services offered include:

  • breakfast, lunch,
  • referrals to agencies including local food banks
  • use of washing machines and tumble dryers (detergent is supplied)
  • access¬†to toilets and showers
  • a postal address which is essential for claiming benefits, looking for work, or registering with a GP
  • use of a telephone
  • free access to computers and the¬†internet
  • support if you are a victim of domestic abuse
  • professional advocates offering confidential and impartial advice that's independent of the local authority.
  • mental health support
  • needle exchange

For more information, please visit our website.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Graeme Solly
Contact Position
Project Leader
01227 464904

Where to go

Catching Lives Open Centre
Palmer House
Station Road East

Open 7 days per week, every day of the year. 9am to 2pm.

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Daily from 9am to 2pm
Time of day
Session Information
Drop-in providing for basic needs
plus advice and advocacy.

Other Details


Catching Lives operate a day centre service, in Canterbury, 7 days a week. We cater for anyone over 18 but cannot allow children on the premises. We also operate the annual Canterbury Community Shelter from December to February every year.

We rely heavily on volunteers and community support. See our website or ring the centre for more details.


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