Colchester Charity & Organisation Directory

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01245 345048

Organisation Aim & Purpose of Organisation Contact Details

Bright Ideas Scrap Scheme  

This scheme provides various groups such as schools, youth groups etc. with materials that can be used in arts & crafts. They collect waste from various businesses free of charge and these materials are provided to the various groups. Materials collected include all types of paper and card, tubes, straws, spools, inks and paints, fabric & leather offcuts, wool and string, containers, sacks, tubs and barrels, wood, MDF and plastic offcuts. Computer equipment is also gratefully accepted and distributed to suitable user groups.

Bright Ideas Scrap Scheme  
The Former Buoy Store, Hythe Quay, Colchester, CO2 8JF
Tel/Fax 01206 798113
Mobile 0421 958019

Community Voluntary Services (Colchester)

CCVS is avery useful organisation that co-ordinates and acts as a clearing house for those wishing to do voluntary work and organisations that require volunteers.

It also provides economic services and office functions for other bodies. If you run a non profit making organisation you really should consider using these services as an alternative to doing these tasks yourself. If they are used right they will probably be done more cheaply and you can devote your time to the charity work.

It also operates the shopmobility scheme and community transport services in this area.

CCVS, Winsley 's House, High Street, Colchester, Essex.
Tel: 01206 505250
Fax: 01206 500367

Colchester Cycling Campaign CCC is an organisation that campaigns for cycling issues in this area and arranges various cycling events. CCC, 80 Mile End Road, Myland, Colchester.


Emmaus Colchester

Emmaus Colchester is part of a worldwide community of which there are 7 in the UK. They aim to provide a home for the homeless, offer them work & training & take claimants of DSS benefit. They do this by running a self financing community. Each resident is required to sign off benefit & work 40 hours per week collecting donated furniture, electrical goods etc. which is then refurbished & sold. In addition they achieve the following aims;

  • Supports re-cycling by refurbishing items instead of dumping them

  • Provides affordable household goods for those on low incomes

  • Creates work experience for vulnerable people.

Emmaus Colchester, The Warehouse, Mason Road, Cowdray Centre, Colchester, CO1 1BX.

Tel 01206 768887

Fax 01206 364266


En-form En-form is an environmental centre (supported by Colchester Borough Council) that aims to provide the public with all types of environmental information. Eventually they will also offer secure cycle parking. They intend to have an environmental library and arrange visits to schools as part of the national curriculum. En-form, 15 Church Walk (off Head Street), Colchester, Essex.
CO1 1NS.

If local businesses would like to be involved contact John Buchanan on 01206 282709

Kama's Cave Kama's Cave is a charity based in Essex and acts as a fundraiser for the Romford Greyhound Owners Association. They aim to re-home Greyhounds who are no longer able to race. They are in need of people in Essex who can offer either a permanent or temporary (whilst permanent homes are sought) home to these dogs. Volunteers can be offered up to 10 per week to offset costs but it is hoped many will do this for free. Val Allen during the day on 01708 348188

or Ann & Mark Brandon in the evenings on 01708 220994

LETS (Colchester) Lets stands for Local Exchange Trading Systems and consist of groups of people who share & trade their skills and possessions on a traded basis instead of for cash. Tel : 01206 547505 & Abby 01206 302500

LETS (Tendring)

See Above

Co-Ordinator Mike Rothwell Tel 01255 435566.
62 Station Road, Clacton. CO15 1SP

Sports Clubs

If you are involved in a sports club of any description or would like to find out more about sports clubs then check out the National Sports Library. This is a website that brings together amateur sports clubs & members. The site is non-profit making a free to use.
The site helps people find a suitable club, helps clubs recruit new members, publishes match reports and advertises events. The site covers many sports and the whole of the UK.

National Sports Library


Waste Minimisation Club

A joint initiative between Colchester borough Council and local businesses to reduce waste and improve profits.

Contact John Buchanan on 01206 282709 or e-mail





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