About us

The Rainbow Centre is a Christian charity that delivers a range of services in Folkestone & Hythe District to provide support and hope to individuals and families experiencing deprivation or hardship.

Respect. Compassion. Excellence. Collaboration. Commitment.

As a Christian organisation we are committed to serving people of all faith groups and beliefs or none and recognise the worth of everyone.

We are passionate about inclusion and being non-judgemental, and respect all those we serve, treating our guests and clients with empathy, consideration, kindness and fairness.

We recognise the support and help other local agencies offer, and know that through collaboration, we can achieve the best outcomes for those who access our services.

Our vision is to help build a community in which everyone is included and can have the opportunity to live and work in dignity with hope for the future. Our approach is to help people out of crises so that they can sustain themselves.

We have, at our peak, over 350 volunteers, without whom the organisation would be unable to offer the range of services dedicated to help the neediest people in our local community.

You can be part of our support team by making a donation to help sustain our presence in Folkestone & Hythe district.

Our history

The Folkestone Family Care Centre began to respond to the needs of individuals and families facing crises in 1985 when Christians from different Church traditions decided to work together to help the people that society often forgets in Shepway.

Renamed the Folkestone Rainbow Centre in 1992, the organisation continues to support people in times of crisis, through its Homeless Support Service, Foodbank and Food Stop. The legacy of helping local families continues by offering supported contact for separated families through the twice monthly Contact sessions. The Rainbow Centre, as it has become known locally, works in partnership with Churches Together in Folkestone, which is committed to showing Christian care and compassion in the town.

We are proud that the Rainbow Centre has grown to become a well-respected and effective charity providing a variety of services in response to local needs.

About Rainbow Centre
“The Rainbow Centre has played the biggest part in turning my life around ” Paul