The History of MADM

From the moment of stepping out, MADM has grown from operations in a bicycle shed that stored clothes for the Maidstone Churches’ Winter Shelter, to taking on the massive former Argos building in the High Street in November 2021! 

The journey from the bicycle shed involved a garage on Shepway estate, then another garage, to stalls in the Mall, two pop up charity shops at the United Reformed Church shop and then sharing an office space with the Princess Project and Empower a Woman.

The shop at 49 Church Street was our first permanent charity shop and office, followed by a second shop in the Mall, and these were all consolidated last year into the old Argos building in High Street where the retail operations and storage facilities came together.

All these things have happened organically as we were lead by the Lord a step at a time and he has been faithful to provide as we have followed Him.

Enjoy a pictoral history of the charity's growth.

Starting out

We started out promoting our services at events in Maidstone.

Starting out
Maidstone River Festival stand 2023

We regularly attend community events to promote our work, to support the initiatives of others and to fundraise for the charity.

Maidstone River Festival stand 2023
High Street charity shop is launched

In October 2021 we brought together our smaller shops into the old Argos building in the High Street - a huge achievement in our charity's history.

High Street charity shop is launched
Charity shop launch

The Mayor of Maidstone opened our shop, along with a number of volunteers, staff and supporters, to enjoy the proud moment.

Charity shop launch
A pilot recycling project launches with Kent County Council

We were invited by Kent County Council to collect furniture that was saved from disposal at the Tovil Household Waste Recycling Centre in 2022. As soon as the Allington site opened, MADM was offered the opportunity to collect from there as well. The partnership has been a real blessing to us and has saved inumerable pieces of furniture from being disposed of.

A pilot recycling project launches with Kent County Council
Living Word Christian bookshop and venue

We launched a preloved Christian bookshop in January 2023 which offers cost-effective books but is also used as a warm space, and a venue for small groups.

Living Word Christian bookshop and venue
Chief Constable's Certificate

MADM was recognised for its work in the community, one of a number of awards the charity has received.

Chief Constable's Certificate
Kent Volunteering Awards Winner 2021

The charity's founder, Amanda Sidwell, won the 2021 award for the county of Kent.

Kent Volunteering Awards Winner 2021

MADM logo


Charity no: 1169055

Office and Outreach

48 Church Street,
Maidstone,
Kent,
ME14 1DS

Tel: 01622 687414
Email:
 madmstone@gmail.com

Google Maps

Charity Shop

28 High Street,
Maidstone,
kent,
ME14 1JF

Tel: 01622 296462
Email: CharityShop@madm.org.uk

Google Maps


Living Word Bookshop

49 Church Street,
Maidstone,
kent
ME14 1DS

Tel: 07570 025937
Email: livingwordmadm@gmail.com

Google Maps