Urgent appeal
Due to the cost of living crisis, we need your help more than ever. Make a one-off or a regular donation
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Colchester's homeless shelter
CENS has been supporting people who find themselves homeless for almost 40 years
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We need your help

This is a critical time and we urgently need your donations to ensure we can continue helping those most vulnerable within our community. Every penny of your donation will help fund the running of the shelter. Together we can help end homelessness.

Fighting homelessness every day

From housing and health to learning and support, we aim to move people who have found themselves homeless towards permanent, independent living. CENS plays a crucial supportive role, by taking vulnerable people away from the streets and into an environment which is safe, secure and healthy. From here they can access the services, support and advice they need to move forward with their lives.

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We would never be able to provide such a high level of support, without the generosity and kindheartedness of our friends. We would like to thank everyone who has championed our cause over the years. However, the journey continues and you can become part of our success and help make a real change. Whether it’s fundraising, volunteering, donating or campaigning, everyone can play a part.

Our Partners

We couldn’t be the success we are without the support, help and collaboration of our partner agencies, organisations and charities.

Are you homeless?

Get help and advice by visiting our Homeless Hub or call CENS on 01206 549885

CENS Essential Shopping List

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Hot chocolate
  • UHT milk
  • Squash
  • Vgetable oil
  • Gravy granules
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt & pepper
  • Stock cubes
  • Herbs and spices
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned/packet custard
  • Baked beans
  • Tinned tuna
  • Tinned vegetables & potatoes
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Kidney beans
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Jam, peanut butter, chocolate spread
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Men & women’s deodorant
  • Men’s razors
  • Shave gel
  • Shower gel
  • Toothpaste
  • Cloths
  • Scourers
  • Washing up liquid
  • Surface cleaners
  • Floor cleaner
  • Bleach
  • Bathroom cleaners
  • Bin bags
  • Food caddy liners
  • Loo roll
  • Washing tablets
  • AA batteries
  • NEW single duvets
  • Pillows/pillowcases
  • Single duvet covers/sheets
  • Clean/good condition towels

Please no soups!
Thank you