Charities in Colchester
Colchester United Football in the Community (CUFITC) is the official charity partner of Colchester United Football Club.
We aim to get our community engaged in the wide range of activities we offer and in turn lead active and healthier life styles through our four main strands of delivery Sports Participation, Education, Health and Inclusion, and Facility Development.
Currently delivering our services to 7,500 people over 450 hours of provision each week, CUFITC impacts people positively using the power of sport we play a key role in our local community.
‘’To enrich the lives of the people within the communities we operate through physical education and the brand of Colchester United’’
Aims and Objectives
• To promote sport and learning to the wider community.
• To place Colchester United FC at the heart of the community by increasing sports participation and engagement with the Club.
• To help grow the supporter base of Colchester United through positive brand representation.
• To champion health and wellbeing throughout the operational region.
Colchester Gateway Clubs are… an independent local charity, providing social clubs and activities for adults with learning disabilities. The main aim of our clubs is for people to enjoy themselves in a relaxed atmosphere. The Charity is established to enable people with learning disabilities to access leisure and social activities in the community and the opportunities for personal development including self advocacy.
The Charity campaigns for and with people with learning disabilities for the rights of people with learning disabilities and works with other organisations and groups for the benefit of people with learning disabilities. Colchester Gateway Clubs actively promote campaigns that are important for, people with a learning disability. We have been involved with the “Stay up late” initiative, Essex Safeguarding Adults, “Its my life”, Safe Relationships project, Anti Bullying and Anti Discrimination. In addition, service navigation, referral and advocacy is available where appropriate. These objects are supported by entrance fees, donations and fundraising activities.
The Charity employs professional staff who carry out the week-to-week running of the clubs. Members of the clubs are from the age of eighteen upwards with no age limit. All are appropriate for this age group. Colchester Gateway Clubs are dedicated to respect all individuals regardless of backgrounds, abilities and beliefs. Equal access is provided across the charity regardless of race, age, culture, disability, religion, sexual orientation or gender.
Offering help, support and a listening ear to people in need for over 30 years. Since 1986 Open Door has been offering help and support to people in Colchester. We are a Christian charity who are passionate about ensuring everyone has access to the right support and a listening ear.
In a cafe style setting we offer informal and individual support. Open Door is achieving more with our initiatives than ever before. We work on many exciting projects to help improve the lives of others, and are very proud of the progress we continue to make. Learn more about what we do, who we help, and how we work every day to promote positive change. If you are struggling with your mental health, housing, benefits, addictions or anything else then we’re here to help.
We also offer crisis support. We can refer you to a wide range of other agencies in town for specialist help and support.
Beacon House provides primary healthcare services to people who are homeless, in insecure accommodation or at risk of homelessness in Colchester, Essex. Services on site include: showering facilities, laundry, clothing & toiletries. Our offer includes practical help and medical care, occupational therapies, personal development and health awareness, working in co-operation with other services.
We run a cafe which is open from 10am – 2pm offering hot food and drinks. In addition, we offer life skills support including CV writing, support around cooking and budgeting, counselling, an IT suite, art and crafts room, games and drop-in support from other agencies. All our services are provided free of charge.
Our vision is for a community where there is no more homelessness and people are empowered to live safe and fulfilling lives. We are a Christian charity with a mission to accept and support homeless and marginalised people in the local area. We promote best practice, empowering our clients in a spirit of love and compassion, enabling them to live safe and fulfilling lives.
First and foremost, our aim is to provide emergency accommodation to those who are homeless and provide support to those caught in the “revolving door” of long term homelessness.
The present Night Shelter, which has room for 20 men and women and is wholly owned by the charity, was purchased from Colchester Borough Council using funding from the National Lottery. If you are homeless and have nowhere to stay then you are more than welcome: provided you are happy to stick to the house rules. We open at 7.15 pm every evening and provided we have space then we will be able to accommodate you. If you need a bed at the Night Shelter please phone to find out if we have any available. The same applies if you want to refer anyone. As for services and rules please ask a member of staff when you call. A big thank you to our supporters, volunteers and funders for making the Night Shelter possible.
Our client group is a difficult one and there are a whole range of complex and overlapping reasons as to why they are homeless. They face a number of issues in addition to, but often compounded by, their situation. These issues can include Addiction problems, Mental Health issues, Offending history and often a combination which are difficult to address and support. The isolation and destructive nature of homelessness means that people find it difficult to access the help they need. This is where the Night Shelter plays an integral part in the transition from homelessness to eventual independent living with the Night Shelter staff continuing to support the client for as long as they are in need of assistance.
We prepare our clients to succeed in securing and maintaining permanent housing by understanding and acknowledging the impact of homelessness on permanent housing placement and identifying the transitional goals and working with them intensively to meet those before they are moved into their accommodation.
Next Chapter (formerly known as Colchester & Tendring Women’s Refuge) is a domestic abuse charity working across the areas of Tendring, Colchester, Maldon, Chelmsford, Braintree & Uttlesford. We provide free and confidential services to support people who are currently experiencing, or have previously experienced domestic abuse.
We are passionate about ensuring that every person has the opportunity to live their life free from domestic abuse
Our vision is for Life without Domestic Abuse with our mission to provide rapid responses to domestic abuse that increase safety for all victims, enabling them to rebuild their lives & create lasting change. We believe in raising awareness through education, training & partnerships in our community.
We take the values of our organisation very seriously – it’s the way we set our own expectations about how we work with our service users, partners & each other and how we hold ourselves to account.
All the time that domestic abuse exists, individuals will need us to help make safety possible. With our support they are empowered to reclaim their lives & choose the next chapter in the future they want. We are open, honest and fair in everything we do and everyone we work with. People trust us to do the right things for the right reasons. We value the diversity and uniqueness of all individuals and families. We listen & believe our service-users and strive to always walk with them on their journey with us. We strive to act at all times with courage; challenging injustices and enabling the voices of our survivors to be heard. Delivering the very best in all we do and holding ourselves accountable for the outcomes. We strive to find new ways to break the cycle of domestic abuse by supporting research, developing best practice and influencing decision-making at the highest possible level.
Community360 is an independent charity that aims to inspire and enable social action to improve people’s quality of life. We have a strong track record of bringing people together, developing innovative approaches, and of delivering improved outcomes.
Our vision is for a more equal society. Our ambition is to use our efforts and influence to reduce inequalities and increase opportunities.
C360 lead on many community volunteering programmes, involving c400 volunteers through our Time Bank and Volunteer Centre projects. We also support over 300 community groups a year to access funding, embed good financial practices, recruit their own volunteers, plan and train, as well as network and promote what they do.
We manage programmes that provide fundamental, practical support to the community. Our Community Transport scheme facilitate over 50,000 trips each year and we hire out scooters and wheelchairs 5 days a week.
Our organisation is constantly evolving, anticipating opportunities in our community and seeking to maximise the impact that we can all have to make our vision a reality. Situated at the heart of the local voluntary and community sector since 1968, Community360 is an independent, charitable infrastructure organisation whose aim is to inspire groups to seize opportunities and become more enterprising and sustainable.
The Salvation Army is a worldwide evangelical Christian church. Our mission is based on our faith in Jesus Christ who wants everyone to experience life in all its fullness. That is why, here in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, we put our faith into action by offering practical help for people without discrimination, standing up for those who are vulnerable, fighting against injustice and encouraging people to deepen their relationship with God. The services we offer are diverse and responsive to the realities of life in the communities we serve. Motivated by our Christian faith we offer practical support and services to all who need them, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Our work includes:
Campaigning and social policy
Community – debt advice, unemployment, isolation
Our churches and community centres (or corps as they are often called) – offer a range of activities and services within local communities. People can get involved in all sorts of ways, through volunteering with fundraising initiatives, attending church services and helping with local activities within 22 territorial divisions.
We can help you find out about and access health and social care services through our Information & Signposting Service. We are an independent charity set up under the Health & Social Care Act 2012 and proud hosts to the Essex Neurology Network. Our work covers all areas of health and social care. We undertake high-quality research and engagement to uncover your lived experience of services.