Porchlight - Fern Court

Referral address

4 Leyburne Road
CT16 1SN

Referral phone

01304 216325

Referral email




Who is the project for?

Who do we help?

Single homeless people with support needs. Applicants must be willing to engage in the support on offer. Those with a local connection to South East Kent will be prioritised. 3 flats available for dog owners.

Who we cannot help

No automatic exclusions. Applications considered on a case by case basis.

  • Minimum age accepted: 18
  • Maximum age accepted: None

How to get a referral

Referral agencies

Accept self referrals and referrals from any agency. Many referrals come from Dover District Council, Probation Service and Kent Council on Addiction.

Referral procedure

Application form. Interview. Require proof of ID and relevant background information from referring agency, where involved. Visit http://www.porchlight.org.uk /make-a-referral/ for more information and to download forms.

Length of stay

  • Minimum stay: 3 months
  • Maximum stay: 2 years

Support and accommodation

Support offered

6 support and resettlement Workers available Mon-Sun 8am-11pm. Keywork system (2 residents per key worker) with meetings held weekly or according to individual need. Action plans with agreed outcomes, reviewed monthly or quarterly. Staff offer support with independent living skills, health and wellbeing and liaison with specialist support agencies. Residents organise and run their own activities in line with the 10 hour engagement pathway. Residents run an allotment.

Rooms and charges

£12pw (tenancies), £7pw (licences) required from residents in receipt of benefits.

  • Single: 5
  • Flat: 7
  • Total spaces: 12


  • Furnishings: Flats fully furnished, with ensuite facilities.
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  • Disabled facilities: 1 flat accessible to a wheelchair user.
  • Other facilities: Garden.

Rules and policies

House rules and tenure

Must engage with support. No alcohol in communal areas. Smoking in own room only. Assured shorthold tenancy, licence agreement in shared flats.


2 per resident between 9.30am-10pm. No visitors under 16. Overnight guests by arrangement. Need ID.

User participation


Further information

Public transport

Dover train station and Dover Central bus station - 10 minutes walk.


Currently have 30 volunteers. For details of volunteering opportunities see website, phone 07734 595306 or email volunteer@porchlight.org.uk


See www.porchlight.org.uk, phone 01227 760078 or email getinvolved@porchlight.org.uk for details.

Is this page accurate?

If you work for Porchlight - Fern Court and would like to tell us about any of this information that needs updating please email the Homeless Link Information team. Please note this email address does not contact the service listed above so do not use it if you are looking for help or advice. 

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