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Chalkwell drive to help homeless people


Published by Porchlight for Porchlight in Communities and also in Housing

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A Sittingbourne bus operator has driven to the rescue of leading Kent charity, Porchlight, which helps homeless and vulnerable people.


Chalkwell, who run bus services throughout Kent, is to provide free travel to and from job interviews for residents living in Porchlight’s homeless hostels. As the charity celebrates its 40th anniversary, the offer of support from Chalkwell has been described as ‘brilliant.’


“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Chalkwell,” said Jo Dawes on behalf of Porchlight which has a supported accommodation project in Sittingbourne for 10 young people aged 16 to 24.


“To have the backing of Chalkwell will be so important to these young people in particular,” said Jo today. Without their support, many of the young people we help wouldn’t have enough money to get to an interview.  “


“At Porchlight, we know that getting a job can change someone’s life.  It leads to stability, independence and is a key way out of future homelessness.  But the people we support tell us that getting a job when you’ve been homeless can be really difficult.  Chalkwell’s free travel offer brings them one step closer to getting a job.”


Porchlight, whose first hostel for the homeless was in Canterbury, now have 11 throughout Kent, and the focus within hostels is on trying to support residents into employment or education.  


Said Karen Lockyer, Chalkwell Coach Hire & Tour Sales Manager:  “Porchlight is now the second charity we are supporting in 2004 following our arrangement with Air Ambulance which has been ongoing since the beginning of the year.


“We are aware that through their hostels Porchlight are working very hard to assist the less fortunate who have fallen on hard times. For our part we hope free travel to job interviews will demonstrate our commitment to the local community,” she added.



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