Who we are
The Cantercare house provides supported housing for up to 6 homeless young women who are pregnant or with a young baby. They can come any time during their pregnancy and stay up until their baby is 18 months old.
It was opened in 1992 by several churches in Canterbury who had the vision to give a caring response to young women who find themselves homeless, and the situation made more complicated by pregnancy, in order to offer them an alternative to a termination. These same values underpin Cantercare today.
As well as meeting the immediate needs of homelessness and impending motherhood by providing a room in a secure and homely surround, we are committed to providing a supportive and caring environment, enabling young women to be equipped, encouraged, acquire skills and gain help in accessing opportunities for themselves and their babies. Cantercare is dedicated to providing this support through individual support plans which identify the best ways to meet the needs of the Service User, and to eventually help them move on.
Priority will be given to people within the immediate Canterbury area, however referrals from outside the area can be made. Referrals are accepted from other agencies and we also accept self-referrals. Cantercare is funded by Supporting People, who are a central government funded programme.
Supporting People is a government programme for the funding, planning and monitoring of housing related support services like homeless hostels, women’s refuges and sheltered/supported housing, in order to help vulnerable people live as independently as possible in the community.
Its aim is to improve the quality and effectiveness of the support services at a local level