Who we are
Church Urban Fund &
Together Canterbury provide long-term sustainable support for Christians working among communities experiencing deprivation and poverty. The aim is to improve access to resources, make local work more effective, and create a framework for others to respond to the problem of poverty by offering time and money, action and prayer.
Fair loans. Safe Saving
Kent Savers Credit Union was set up in 2010 to provide affordable financial services to the people of Kent. Kent Savers is a financial co-operative, owned and controlled by its own members and running on a not-for-profit basis. Kent Savers main aims are to promote saving and provide members with loans at reasonable rates, so that they feel in control of their own money.
Churches Together Canterbury consists of 22 churches from across the city. We are from many different denominations and backgrounds but we all have the same basic calling to worship God and to share the good news. We also want to work in partnership with the community and be a sign of God’s grace to organisations working with those in need in the city, through the support of their initiatives.
Some of the services we provide
Helping you find support in times of need
If you need any help with help, support or assistance then come along to one of our hubs and we will try our best to help you. We have access to the internet and can help with form filling both on paper and online. Have a look below at our partners to see examples of the kind of help and advice we can signpost to.
If you think that some money management or home budgeting training would be of assistance then call in and see us or get in touch through the website. We help several organisations run courses and can stay in touch with you afterwards to provide ongoing support and encouragement.
Credit Union services
At our hubs we operate branches of Kent Savers Credit Union. This means you can open an account with us, save for Christmas, a holiday, or for the future. Kent Savers offers a range of savings schemes and personal loans to anyone living or working in Kent, including those who are financially excluded from mainstream lenders – maybe those who have a troubled credit history, or a patchwork of income from benefits and tax credits.
Community Hubs Open throughout the week
You can find us across the city on the days below
All Saints Church Hall - Military Road
We are working towards opening up in Spring Lane.
St. Dunstan's Church hall, Canterbury: 12noon to 1.30pm
Working in partnership
At our hubs we will be working in partnership with these agencies:
Canterbury District Citizens Advice Bureau
has offices in Canterbury and Herne Bay. We also offer an outreach service in Whitstable. Drop in sessions are held at Canterbury and Herne Bay where short assessment interviews are given. If needed, follow up appointments with a generalist adviser are made. The District also offers a telephone advice line. Assessment and full interviews at our outreaches are by appointment, arranged via our Herne Bay office.
Canterbury Debt Advice Centre
provides a free, confidential, face-to-face service to those who are having difficulties with money. We are run by volunteers and members of The City Church. All advisers are fully trained to offer advice and provide a debt management plan for you. A free debt advice service can reorganise your payments so you only pay what you can afford, and they will not add fees. Debt Advisers offer both advice and advocacy for you. We work with you to find out what money you have coming in and going out, and offer help in getting your income to cover everything you need. When we have got a budget, we can use it to make your debt management plan. This means that we work out what you can actually afford to pay towards your debts each month, and arrange that directly with the people to whom you owe money.
Time Out is a charity working with communities around the city of Canterbury to encourage friendship, mutual support and hope. It hosts three weekly groups, plus special events, meeting in Quern’s Community Centre, Spring Lane Neighbourhood Centre and St Mary Bredin church. As well as team members from each community, volunteer helpers come from across Canterbury, and the charity is actively supported with volunteers and expenses from many local Christian churches.
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. As a charity working across Kent, 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 community and to fulfil their potential. In 2014/15 we supported over 5000 people but we couldn’t do it without the hard work and commitment of supporters, partners, funders and staff, and of course, the people that we support.
Rising Sun Domestic Violence & Abuse Service supports women and children affected by domestic violence in Canterbury and East Kent. We support our users through every step of removing violence from their lives and significantly reducing their risk.
Alcohol & Drug Support
Alcohol and drug misuse causes a wide range of problems for families and communities as well as for the person with the alcohol or drug problem.
To help, we make sure effective and accessible preventative information, treatment, support and recovery services are available. The benefits of treatment are:
CAP (Christians Against Poverty)
CAP Money Course CAP Debt Help
CAP Job Clubs
We exist because nobody should be held hostage by debt and poverty. But the truth is that they are rife in the UK. In a society where people live behind closed doors, thousands are desperately poor. Unable to feed their children, incapable of paying to heat their homes in winter, the grip of poverty is relentless. It breaks families apart and drives many to think that suicide is the only solution.
We are passionate about releasing people in our nation from a life sentence of debt, poverty and their causes. Through our services, which are all run through local churches, we are tackling poverty head on. Our vision is to bring freedom and good news to people in every community by 2021.
Kent Refugee Action Network
Kent Refugee Action Network is an independent charity that provides help and support to asylum seekers and refugees, including minors who have arrived in the United Kingdom unaccompanied by an adult. Via an experienced dedicated team of voluntary and paid staff, we are proud to help this distressed, often vilified yet courageous and resourceful group of young people. Our mission is to relieve the need and hardship of refugees, asylum seekers and their dependents and ethnic minorities, principally in Kent, particularly by the provision of advice, information, education and support; and to advance public education about the position of refugees and ethnic minorities.
Canterbury City Council
There have been significant changes to the welfare system as a result of the Welfare Reform Act 2012. Many of the changes began in April 2013 but some will not be fully in place until 2017. The changes include the ways in which benefits are calculated and paid. If you receive benefits then it’s important to find out if you are affected by the changes.
Universal Credit is a new benefit for working age people that is being introduced gradually across the country as part of the government’s welfare reform changes.
It’s designed to make it easier to take temporary or part-time work while claiming.
Universal Credit will replace a number of existing benefits and tax credits:
Universal Credit hasn’t been introduced in our area yet but will be within the next year for some groups of people. We will provide more information when it is available.