Help someone in need
We urgently need more funding
Donations are a crucial part of running the shelter
Your donations can help us to provide food, shelter and support
Contribute to a good cause
Have a positive impact on your local community

Financial donations

Thank you to everyone who has donated to CENS this year. We are a small charity, so you can rest assured that 100% of your donation will go directly towards helping a local homeless person move away from the streets and into safety and security. It will make a BIG difference! With the current cost of living crisis, our services are in huge demand, and we are struggling with rising food and heating bills. Every donation will help us, so please give what you can.

Thank you.

Make it monthly?

Alongside a standard method of single one-off donations, we’re also able to accept recurring monthly donations, if you’d like to help us financially on a more regular basis. This is very easy to do, simply choose from one of the amounts below, or enter an amount you’re comfortable with, tick the ‘Make this donation monthly’ box and we’ll take care of the rest. Simple!

Why monthly matters

When you choose to donate on a recurring monthly basis this helps us to forward plan. If we know how much income we have coming in every month, the shelter can be budgeted effectively. Monthly donations also help to reduce the effect of seasonal donation lows, along with helping to lower the administration costs and providing a more sustained long-term impact, allowing us to improve the services on offer.

What your donation can provide

One-off donation examples

£100 could fund essentials and support for a resident for a 4 week stay.

£50 can cover the cost of laundry for all residents for a week

£25 will pay for an in-depth housing support interview

Monthly Donation examples

£2 per month covers meals for a resident for a day

£10 per month covers the cost of showers for a resident for a month

£15 per month covers one hour of one-to-one support a resident

£30 per month covers breakfast and dinner for one resident for a month

Other Ways to give

There are many other ways you can give to CENS

By post

Send a cheque to ‘Colchester Engagement & Next Steps’ and post it to our address, 39/41 Alexandra Road, Colchester. CO3 3DF.

By phone

You can call us directly to make a donation –
01206 549 885

Leave a gift in your will

A gift to a charity can make a long-lasting difference and can play a significant part in all the work we carry out. There are various ways to support a charity through your will:

You can make a specific gift of cash
You can leave possessions to the charity
You can give a percentage of your net estate

You can ask for donations instead of flowers

To find out more about leaving a gift in your will and advice on making your will, click below

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