Open Door is only able to exist thanks to the ongoing generous donations of time, food and money that we receive. If you would like to be part of making sure that everyone can receive a warm welcome and listening ear, then there are a number of ways that you can get involved.

We depend greatly on financial gifts to continue our work. Money that you donate will go towards directly helping some of the people in most need in our town ensuring that they have a safe space to come and be listened to and cared for.

Online donation
To make a secure online donation to Open Door, please click the button below

By cheque
You can make a donation by sending a cheque payable to ‘Open Door – Colchester‘ to Open Door Treasurer, Colchester Baptist Church, Eld Lane, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1LS or hand it in to one of the team.

Gift Aid
We can claim tax back on your donation if you pay sufficient tax and if you make a formal declaration.

Download Gift Aid form (PDF) →

Regular donation
If you would like to make a regular donation to the work of Open Door then please fill in our standing order form below along with the Gift Aid form included above if appropriate. Regular donations are especially helpful so that we can plan for the future.

Download standing order form (PDF) →

Open Door will gladly accept donations of food to serve at the drop-in-centre such as cereal, biscuits, tea and coffee. Non-perishable food such as tins, rice and pasta will also be gladly accepted although please phone ahead if you have larger amounts as we have limited storage.

Clothes and bedding should be donated to Beacon House



Our volunteers are critical to the work of Open Door and we simply wouldn’t be able to open without them. We are always looking for new volunteers to join our drop-in team or to help with Tuesday@Twelve or Sunday@One. Volunteers work as part of a team to help welcome people, make tea and coffee, and spend time listening to people.

All of our volunteers are active members of various Christian communities. Each volunteer undergoes a DBS  check and will receive on-going supervision and training.

Are you…

  • A good listener?
  • Someone with a heart for the marginalised?
  • Interested in volunteering regularly at Open Door?

If yes, then why not volunteer at Open Door?

For more information, please get in contact with us or pop in to one of our sessions.

You can also fill in the application form and return it to us by email, post or by handing it in to one of the team.

Download PDF application form →