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Homeless Beanies UK

Providing opportunities for people who are homeless to learn, earn and work their way out of poverty.

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Haircuts 4 Homeless UK

Haircuts4homeless was established in 2014 in Romford. It now has 68 sites across the UK. It has over 600 volunteers & has delivered over 40,000 haircuts so far.

Community Fridge

A community fridge is a refrigerator located in a public space. It enables food to be shared within a community.  It helps to reduce food waste.

Cafe Art

Café Art

Framed artwork created by homeless people is hung in cafés. Then buyers meet up with the artists over a cup of coffee.

The Real Junk Food Project

This is a global, organic network of Pay As You Feel concepts.  

They divert surplus edible food destined for waste. It is then made accessible for human consumption.

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Crisis was founded in 1967 and offers direct help to people facing homelessness. The charity also campaigns to find solutions to problems around homelessness in the UK.

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Emmaus supports people to work their way out of homelessness. They do this by providing meaningful work, training, support and a stable home for as long as someone needs it.

Supporting The Homeless & Food Banks

Hunger is a craving or need that most people experience, often on a daily basis. 

For the majority of people in the UK this need is satisfied pretty quickly with a snack or a meal.  Indeed we, as caterers and food bloggers, like to exploit this craving by creating delicious meals and sharing our recipes. 

Tragically, there are a growing number of people in the UK who experience hunger on a daily basis.  But they do not have the luxury of being able to eat when they are hungry. 

We love tempting you with our recipes. However, we often feel guilty because there are so many people suffering from homelessness and food poverty. 

There are numerous charities supporting excellent causes.  However, we were torn between finding a charity that helped the homeless or one that provided a food bank. 

Making A Difference Maidstone (MADM) does both – and a lot more. This charity does amazing work and it is local to us.  We have therefore decided to support MADM.

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The charity supports the homeless, those in addiction, socially isolated, disadvantaged and in crisis in the Maidstone area.

The aim of this Christian charity is to support and empower individuals so that they may re-integrate into society, explore their full potential to lead productive and positive lives and enhance the communities in which they live.

How To Help

MADM welcomes enquiries from anyone that might be interested in helping, whether it be a large or small contribution.

Volunteers are fundamental to the work and success of the charity.  They would love your help!  Opportunities are available in many areas from shop retail to van mates and much more – there’s something to suit everyone.

They welcome clothing, furniture, white goods, household items, food, toiletries and financial donations.

Forthcoming Fundraising Events

Car Rally Treasure Hunt

*Sunday 19th April 2020* - Postponed due to Coronavirus. Will advise of new date as soon as we can.

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All proceeds from the event are going to All Saints Church, West Farleigh and Making A                                                               Difference Maidstone (MADM). 

Date:                        Sunday 19th April 2020
Times:                     12 noon to 5pm
Starting Point:        The Tickled Trout
Finishing Point:      All Saints Church, West Farleigh
Price:                       £20 per car (maximum of 4 people) + 2 items per person for MADM food                                     bank.

The items of food that the food bank are desperately in need of are tinned meats and fish (e.g. hot dogs, steak, chilli con carne, mince, Fray Bentos pies, spaghetti bolognese, meatballs, corned beef, ham, tuna, sardines, etc.)  They also need cartons of longlife milk.

Tickets must be bought in advance.  We may have to restrict the number of cars, so you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.  To book your place please leave your details here.


They run social enterprise cafes throughout Scotland.  They distribute 140,000 items of food & hot drinks to homeless people every year.  

1 in 3 of their staff have struggled with homelessness.

They have built a Social Bite Village  with safe supported accommodation for people experiencing homelessness.

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Dogs On The Streets

A voluntary run, not-for-profit charity dedicated to the welfare of dogs belonging to the homeless.

Outside In

A streetwear social enterprise that has a vision to eradicate homelessness globally.  With every purchase, they give their customer a free product to give to someone who is homeless. Wear One, Share One.

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FareShare saves good food from going to waste. It redistributes it around the UK to charities and community groups. They then turn it into meals for vulnerable people.

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Magic Breakfast

Magic Breakfast are a registered charity. Their aim is to end hunger as a barrier to education in UK schools. They do this through the provision of healthy breakfasts to vulnerable children.


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Shelter offers advice, information, representation and advocacy to people who are homeless, in unsuitable or insecure housing, or at risk of becoming homeless. This is done via an online support network as well as advice and support services. Alongside this work, Shelter campaigns on issues in the housing and homelessness sectors.