Christian Charity MADM was founded in 2015 by Amanda Sidwell to support the homeless,
those in addiction, socially isolated, disadvantaged and in crisis in the Maidstone area.
Maidstone has a large number of individuals who for various reasons have become homeless, socially isolated, vulnerable, have addiction issues and underlying mental health problems. This is upsetting for them and to general community in terms of presence on the streets, associated litter, untidiness and substance paraphernalia, which pose a significant health risk. Reducing the number of affected individuals also benefits the Maidstone community.
Clients are identified by referrals from probation, social services, housing associations, support agencies, early help,
family liaison, self referrals and a presence in outreach activities to name a few.
Just some of the services MADM offers include guidance, sign posting to appropriate authorities, agencies and charities, counselling, assisting with benefits, collaboratively providing accommodation, emotional, spiritual and practical support including providing food, clothing, sleeping bags, furniture, linen, household items and much more.
In addition MADM has started a new program " SHALOM" for the overall mental well being of our clients as well as our volunteers. Shalom, aims to bring practical lived experiences from our clients and help transfer the learning to other individuals faced with depression and anxiety.
The aim is to support and empower individuals so that they may re-integrate into society, explore their full potential
to lead productive and positive lives and enhance the communities in which they live. MADM Video
MADM started life storing items in a bicycle shed, upgrading to garages, before sharing office space with two Christian charities 'Empower A Woman' and the 'Princess Project'. MADM went on to have two pop up shops, numerous stalls at the Mall Shopping Centre until opening its Church Street Charity Shop in April 2016.
As MADM grew, temporary use of the old DVLA building was acquired, enabling furniture and electrical sales, an outreach area, food bank, prayer room and art and craft project. Now, MADM has permanent premises, with their Furniture and Electrical Shop in The Mall and an Outreach Centre in the Bus Station Offices and their main charity shop based
in Church Street and storage area at Demelza Distribution Centre.