About CENS

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Our Mission!

CENS (formerly Colchester Emergency Night Shelter) is a registered charity which has been supporting the homeless for over 35 years, providing emergency accommodation across Essex and Suffolk.

Our History

CENS has been operating for almost 40 years, and in that time has seen a great deal of change, development and progress in the fight against homelessness.

The Future!

Although our ethos, passion and determination will remain the same, we will be adapting our services and taking this opportunity to offer greater wraparound care to support our residents.

How you can help...

This is the most exciting and potentially most demanding chapter in our history and we urgently need your help to secure more funding to make it a success. There are so many ways you can join us on our journey - it doesn’t have to cost you anything, but we can guarantee it will be hugely rewarding to know that you have helped some of the most vulnerable people within our community.

Meet The Team

We would never be able to provide the level of support we do, without the generosity and kindheartedness of our collaborative agencies and advocates, and we would like to thank everyone who has championed our cause and helped us get to where we are today. However, the journey continues and we now need your help more than ever.

Homelessness is a complex issue - it’s not just about rough sleeping, although this is the most visible form of homelessness

Working with the best partners in their field!