Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness

Complementary Care receives funding from the Government coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund to support staff and service users at Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness.

We have been able to offer counselling sessions during the coronavirus crisis to staff and service users from this project in Kingston Upon Thames. These sessions will offer a confidential service to provide emotional support and give the users some time and space to reflect and discuss their feelings, emotions and current situation during this difficult time.

KCAH support single people facing housing crisis in the Kingston Borough and help them rebuild their lives. They offer more than just advice, food and shelter, KCAH provides lasting solutions and helps restore the self esteem and confidence of vulnerable people, helping them out of the vicious cycle of homelessness.

Complementary Care says: KCAH has worked tirelessly during this pandemic to enable people who are sleeping rough as well as existing tenants and clients to self isolate safely. We are happy to be able to offer counselling to help this incredibly worthwhile cause and we thank Jhoana Serna, Asset Coach at KCAH for her dedication to this project.

Jhoana Serna, Asset Coach at KCAH says: Our KCAH tenants are in a place in their lives where life feels more secure and therefore feel more ready to go through a counselling process to address their mental health needs. However, this is often out of reach due to their limited finances or the waiting lists for free services are incredibly long. Access to a direct referral to offer them free counselling is vital. This has come at the most critical moment, particularly now with Covid and a heightened sense of isolation that they are experiencing. It also means our staff members will be able to take up the opportunity to reflect on the stresses they are going through in this difficult time. Having an opportunity for counselling right now is beneficial in so many ways.