Canterbury students team up to help the homeless

03 March 2015

Students from Canterbury Christ Church University, the Kent Union and Canterbury College have teamed up in celebration of National Student Volunteering Week 2015 to raise money for local charity, Catching Lives.

Around 30 students from the institutions joined together on Good Deeds Day to visit Catching Lives and learn more about the work they do locally, give out hand knitted woolly hats and scarves to the homeless, to collect money for the charity in return for hot homemade soup and pick up litter in Canterbury’s community gardens.

In addition to the students’ work, Canterbury Christ Church staff who are members of Ripping Yarn, the University knitting group, made and donated woolly items to be given to the charity,

The students raised a total of £227.53 and donated the money to Catching Lives who support homeless and vulnerably housed people living in Canterbury and East Kent.

Canterbury students team up to help the homeless

Canterbury students on Good Deeds Day

Keeley Hensby, Events Officer in Career Development at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the success of the event on Good Deeds Day. The students from all three organisations worked really hard, but it is also important to thank others who helped make the day happen, including the ripping yarn club.

“The volunteers give much time and effort to our community, from helping run after school clubs to conservation work and much more. By working together with local organisations, our students can develop skills required for after University, as well making a having a positive impact on other people’s lives.

Terry Gore from Catching Lives said: “As a local charity we rely heavily on the support of our local community and the students in Canterbury are an active part of that community. We have been supported by students for years and the awareness and fund raising done during Student Volunteering Week and Good Deeds Day is another valuable part of that support. Catching Lives would like to thank all of the students involved and look forward to many more years of working alongside these inspiring young people.”

Tom Abbott, Volunteer Projects Coordinator at University of Kent Students’ Union, said: “It was great to work in collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University and Canterbury College to raise money for Catching Lives. We hope that together we can make a real difference in the local community, and that we can continue to inspire students to volunteer.” 

Becky French, Student Activities Assistant at Canterbury College Students’ Union, said: “It was so great to see our students volunteer their time and hard work to such a worthy cause. The best thing about the event was that students played a part at every stage, from making the soup to knitting the woollies, serving the public and raising donations and it didn’t just stop there. Every student got a chance to visit the Catching Lives Shelter and experience the great work being done there, inspiring them to continue volunteering in the future.”

Students volunteer all year round and collate many hours of volunteering work. Last academic year, 2013/2014, Canterbury Christ Church students were recorded to have volunteered almost 20,000 hours work to the local community in various ways.

Watch a video of the students on Good Deeds Day in National Student Volunteering Week: .

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 97% of our UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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