Always putting people first 

Welcome to Maya's Community Support Centre
Thank you for visiting our website, you will find some brief information on the activities which the organisation carries out. The best way to stay up to date with Maya's Community Support Centre is to follow us on facebook
If you have any questions or would like to more about how to get involved please don't hesitate to contact us


If you would like to donate by bank transfer please donate to Bank Name: Metro Bank

Name: Maya’s Community CIC

Sort code: 23-05-80

Account Number: 47609720

Many thanks 🙂

Ukrainian Refugee Support Hub

Ever since the start of the Ukrainian conflict Maya opened her doors to the Ukrainian community. Through her community links she was able to quickly set up a support network for families arriving and those willing to host / sponsor their visas. In partnership with the local authority Maya has helped hundreds of Ukrainian families to settle and integrate into society.

This help also extends to the host families where she can not only help with communication but also any problems that arise when relationships break down. This has led to her being on call 24 hours a day at times, supporting refugees with mental health problems get the right medical assistance.

Helping the families apply for school places , benefits , jobs etc. Her community support centre hosts a weekly support group whereby local councillors , the MP, representatives from the DWP and city council officials regularly attend the meetings.

Food bank

The food bank operated from the community support centre (20 High Street, Herne Bay)

Works on a no registration basis. Maya runs a no judgement policy to ensure that those who are perhaps embarrassed or too shy to ask for help are not put off or turned away. Her community support centre supports hundreds of young families, single parents, elderly and anyone who has fallen on hard times affected by the cost of living crisis.

The food bank is stocked with food items donated from local businesses, waste food from a number of local supermarkets and topped up with items purchased from Maya’s Community Interest Company (which is funded by donations and grants).  

Maya's Free Shop (31 High Street) opens!
Also Maya's Community CIC is formally registered as a Community Interest Company with Companies House.


Christmas dinner ingredients were distributed for free feeding around 2,000 people in one day, from the community support centre in Herne Bay.


Father Christmas visited the Community Support Centre and distributed 1000s of wrapped presents for free.


New Years Eve Party at the Community Cafe


Free Hair dressing at the free shop in parternship with Mirage Hair and Beauty Salon commenced with the first cut.


Turkey Earthquake appeal begins with donations being accepted at Community Cafe. Over the course of the next few months 5 Articulated Lorries of Aid were sent to the Earthquake Zone.


Free Shop

Maya started collecting donated clothes items at her community support centre to assist the families settling from the Ukraine. This has spread to an entire shop of clothes, toys, bedding, blankets, beds, tents and bric a brac all donated and available for free. The free shop helps 100s of people everyday and has become very popular with people travelling from all over Kent just to see what she has created.

The concept of a free shop is unique and popular , especially given the cost of living crisis. It reduces waste and brings the community together to support one another. It has captured the attention of national news outlets who have run several stories on the shop. Kent County Council social services regularly refer families who have escaped domestic violence to the free shop where they can be kitted out with everything they need to start again. All for free.

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The community support centre is manned entirely by volunteers (this includes the directors and Maya herself)

Many people have seen what she is doing and have been inspired to get involved. The volunteers make everything we do possible and are one large extended family ready to help out when the need arises. The volunteers assist by collecting the waste food from supermarkets , manning the free shop and community café, collecting donations from those who cannot bring them down to the free shop themselves and helping at events she organises. The volunteers have created a community amongst themselves and support each other on a daily basis.

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