Due to the current social distancing and self-isolation guidelines in relation to COVID-19 we are not currently receiving or collecting any donations during lockdown. Thank you for you kind support.

We really do appreciate the thought, effort and generosity that we are shown by everyone who supports us. 

You don't seem to need much help with what to buy, but we do get asked regularly for ideas and guidance for what we really need at any particular time so if you are interested, please do check here for our current wish-list!

With Christmas fast approaching we know that many of our supporters like to help out by donating gifts for our clients at Christmas time. It can be difficult to know what to donate, so please see our wishlist below...

Christmas Wish-List:

  • Stationary items (notebooks, pens, pencil cases etc.) 
  • 2021 diaries 
  • Makeup (unopened and not used)
  • Pamper face masks
  • Perfume (unopened and not used)
  • Hairbrush sets 
  • Nail polish
  • Body lotion
  • Chocolates and sweets
  • Hot water bottles 
  • Fluffy socks 
  • Colouring books (for both adults and children) 
  • Colouring pens and pencils 
  • Toiletry sets for women
  • Pyjamas (brand new, for children and women) 
  • Children's toy sets 
  • Teddies/soft toys 
  • Jigsaw puzzles (for children and adults) 
  • Teething toys for babies 
  • Reading books for children 
  • Gift vouchers for high-street stores (e.g. £5 or £10 Primark vouchers)

We ask that any gifts you donate come to us unwrapped, this is so we can take a look at what is in the gift and make sure it is fairly distributed to our clients. (But don't worry - we have Next Chapter elves that make the presents look beautiful before handing out!!) 

There are just a few items we cannot give out for safety reasons, this includes; candles, razors and any form of alcohol. If you have any questions about a Christmas donation, please get in touch!

We are asking for donations to be with us for Friday 11th December so that we have plenty of time to organise and distribute our Christmas presents. 

At the moment we need:

  • Single duvets (brand new)
  • Single bedding sets (brand new)
  • Pillows (brand new)
  • Towels (bath & hand) (brand new)
  • "Setting up home" items - toaster, kettle, cutlery set etc
  • Basic items like toilet rolls, washing powder tablets, handwash & washing-up liquid
  • Adult mindfulness colouring books & pens/pencils
  • Adult jigsaw puzzles (min 1000 piece, ideally 5,000 piece)

We are currently not taking in donations of clothing for the time being. 

How to Donate

As we are sure everyone understands, we don't share the location of our Refuges so that we can keep our families as safe as possible, what this does mean is that we will need to arrange to either collect the items from you, or meet you somewhere to collect them. 

The best way to contact us is using our donations e-mail address:  [email protected] and one of our members of staff will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Pre-Loved Children's Items
We are regularly offered lovely items for babies and children (from prams & cots through to clothes and second-hand toys) which far exceed our ability to store items.  For this reason we have gone into partnership with Tots2Teens in Colchester who are a brilliant volunteer-based and run community group bringing clothes, accessories and essentials to families that need them.  They cater from newborn to 16 years of age.
We have agreed with Tots2Teens that we will direct our lovely supporters to them so that they can maximise the donations they receive to support as many families as possible and in return, whenever we have a family in need ourselves, Barbara and Eunice will source whatever our family need at the time.  Perfect!
You can contact them on [email protected]com 
Or call them directly:
Barbara 07493143729
Eunice 07791217178