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 directly towards helping people most in 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 visit our Wonderful Donations page which ensures 100% of your donation goes straight to Open Door.

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 if appropriate. Regular donations are especially helpful so that we can plan for the future.

Download standing order form (PDF) →


Would you be willing to go sky diving, bungee jumping or run the Colchester half-marathon to raise money for Open Door? We’d be delighted to hear from you and can set up a fundraising page, please get in touch.


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 and we ask for a reference from their church leader. 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.

Application procedure

1. Download the volunteer application form:

Download Word application form →
Download PDF application form →

2. Print and complete the application form fully and return it to us by email, post or by handing it in during our opening hours. Click here for contact details and opening times.

3. Once we receive your application you’ll be contacted as soon as possible to arrange an informal interview.

4. References are obtained, and a DBS check is carried out.

5. Whilst the references are being obtained you are encouraged to spend time at the drop-in centre getting to know the team and guests.

6. A decision is made in due course and discussed with you.

7. You will initially be asked to join the team for a 3-month probationary period. After 3 months you will have an informal meeting to discuss your progress and how you finding the work. The probationary period may be extended by 3 months if appropriate.