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 if you can.

Thank you.

What your donation can provide:


Sponsors a room – providing a private bedroom and bathroom for a night


Provides toiletries and food for our residents for a week


Provides support to help somone leave homelessness behind


If you wish to choose a different amount please do so here

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

Alternatively, you can call us 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