CIO Project Manager
As the founders and managers of Gravesham Sanctuary, Lorna and I visited Canterbury some years ago on a fact-finding mission around the continuing issues of becoming homeless and the needs of those who suddenly find themselves in this position, the causes and possible solutions to the problems are complicated and comprehensive. While there we met Kelly Napier from CampaignKent CIC and Kelly was very helpful in providing some detailed information and guidance which was extremely valuable to us and suggested a way of working together to support both our aims.
This seemed to us a sensible way forward and we are so pleased that we took up Kelly's kind offer to use their database and ongoing support which has proved invaluable in producing reports and statistics that we would not been able to achieve.
Kelly is very compassionate about the work she does, and equally compassionate to support the work we do, and nothing is too much trouble, and she has often travelled down to us in Gravesend to help us with statistical information and advice.
The reports Kelly has helped us to produce highlight the problems/causes and effects around the issue of homelessness in the area we work in, they are very detailed and give a very comprehensive overview on the issues that need to be addressed.
The reports for us over the last few years always exceed our expectations and the effort and work put into it is of great benefit to Gravesham Sanctuary and our ongoing work. We agree with previous comments and have no hesitation in recommending Kelly Napier's approach to providing worthwhile, useful, and timely reporting information for any organisation seeking an accurate and valuable resource for identifying homeless issues in their area.
Together Kent first came into contact with the Break the Cycle project in 2017 when Kelly Napier, of CampaignKent, hosted a multi-agency forum to explore what could be done to find a different way of tackling the problem of people being released from prison into street homelessness.
We were impressed from the start with her grasp of the detail behind the problem, her ability to weigh up the different issues and to isolate those that really mattered.
Together Kent has found the CampaignKent team to be passionate, knowledgeable and influential in their approach, whilst at the same time allowing partners to exercise their own expertise as part of the project team.
It has been invaluable for us, as the lead organisation in Break the Cycle, to have access to their research, statistics and reporting when applying for funding or making the project case to other agencies. CampaignKent will now provide the project with an in-depth two-year study evaluating all aspects affecting homelessness in prison releases.
Over five years we have built an understanding and mutual admiration for the work each does in tackling social injustice and we have no hesitation in recommending CampaignKent as a partner agency for projects addressing homelessness issues.
Business Development Director
Proactive Kent CIC
Kelly Napier, of CampaignKent, recognised the need for a detailed report on the current situation with homeless people in Dover and the requirement to research and identify the need for an Outreach Centre which met the requirements and addressed the issues.
Kelly carried out detailed interviews in a compassionate and non-threatening manner, getting to the heart of the issues and clearly demonstrating a need for a Centre which went beyond the basic supply of food and shelter. Her practical and experienced questioning produced a detailed report on the homeless footfall and potential for partnership work to alleviate some of the primary concerns.
In addition, the report detailed other strategies and trends particular to the sector and drawing on a wide knowledge base to demonstrate what was available elsewhere which could assist the set-up, the local and national trends in dealing with the increase in recorded homeless and where policy and authority changes would impact.
The report far exceeded our expectations and the effort and work put in to it is of great benefit to Dover Outreach Centre and the ongoing work of Proactive Kent. I have no hesitation in recommending Kelly Napier’s approach to providing worthwhile, useful and timely reporting information for any organisation seeking an accurate and valuable resource for identifying homeless issues in their area.