Collections and Donations
Throughout the year we receive a fantastic amount of donations, including non-perishable groceries such as tinned foods, cereals, biscuits, tea and coffee, which all helps to reduce the food budget. With the shelter now open for longer, we will be producing even more meals, so food donations will be gratefully received. Message us first and keep an eye on our socials. We will be updating the website regularly and posting when we have specific needs. THANK YOU
It can sometimes be necessary for us to provide residents with essential toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, razors and shower gel. These are all items which can help make our residents feel more independent and valued. However, we have limited storage, so please do not send us anything. We will always post on our social media platforms and website when we are in need of toiletries. Thank you.
Thanks to everyone who has donated money to CENS. We couldn’t run the shelter without your fantastic support and generous donations. But we still desperately need your help. Every donation you make will help a homeless person, so head to our Donate Page for more information.
If you would like to arrange a collection from your workplace, school or group, then please get in touch.
As a small charity, we are always keen to develop relationships with local businesses. These partnerships not only help in the fight against homelessness, but they can also support businesses to meet their corporate social responsibility objectives. We work closely and collaboratively on an individual basis with all our corporate partners to produce bespoke packages which meet both your needs and ours.
Why should your business
support a local charity?
How to partner with CENS
You can simply make a monthly or annual financial contribution. We’ll show you exactly how your donation has been spent, and how it has helped your community. You can then share this via social media, local press and other marketing platforms.
Whatever you and your staff fancy setting up as a fundraiser, we can help you get started, with advice, fundraising materials and donation platforms. We can also help publicise your events and increase your media coverage.
Your business may have a natural link to CENS and therefore you could use your skills and knowledge to actively make a difference to the service we offer to our residents. Whether it be training, practical support, education or donations, we can usually find a creative way to involve your business in a way that benefits both parties.
There are many volunteering opportunities for your business to get directly involved with CENS to deliver a rewarding hands-on experience for your employees. Volunteering is great for team building and morale boosting and can offer a real life enhancing experience.
To find out more about partnerships please contact us using the form below
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Fundraising can be a really enjoyable and fulfilling way of raising money for the shelter. From setting up a cake sale to organising a sponsored event, there are so many ways to fundraise for the shelter and we are here to support you with your ideas.
Ready to get started?
We have a handy guide on how to get your fundraiser started.
The reward of Volunteering
Volunteering allows you to connect to your community, meet new people, have a positive impact on people’s lives and develop your social skills. Our volunteers are a huge help to us but the experience can also benefit you, your family and your friends. We have many volunteering opportunities at CENS from cooking and gardening to teaching life skills and practical learning. Whatever your abilities, interests, skills or knowledge, everyone has something to offer.
Please note, all volunteers be must be DBS checked and supply 2 references. We will post all specific volunteering opportunities on our socials and website so keep watching.
What can I do?
Volunteers support us in a variety of ways, depending on our needs and vacancies at any given time. We are also open to new ideas too, so if you have a skill or an interest that you feel could be beneficial to our residents, then we are always open to ideas.
Here are a few ways to get involved through volunteering:
- Teaching life skills
- Practical education
- Arts & Crafts
5 reasons to try volunteering
Support your community
Doing something selfless creates a great sense of wellbeing and by helping out at CENS, you will be directly benefiting your community
Try something new
You might learn a new skill, meet interesting people and open up fresh opportunities
Meeting people who work for the charity, other volunteers and the residents can be really rewarding, uplifting and inspirational
It really can be enjoyable, especially if you are doing it with friends or colleagues, or if you volunteer to do something you have a genuine interest in, such as cooking or gardening. Or maybe you want to develop a skill you don’t get to use on a daily basis
Be part of a team
Volunteering at the shelter is all about teamwork, so it will help develop your ability to work with others and to overcome challenges as a group
Give it a try
If you’re interested in volunteering please get in touch with us.