Donate food, furniture, furnishings and other essential items to support people who find themselves without a home.
Your donations go straight to clients.
Our clients benefit greatly from donations offered to us by our local community. What you give means we save money so we can redirect funds to provide essential care. Every week with our wonderful volunteers we prepare, pack, pickup and deliver to Turning Tides clients, and services across West Sussex.
We support people who are have experienced or are experiencing rough sleeping to enable independent living and to move into a property they can call home, sometimes for the first time in their lives.
‘Your donations and kindness means that many of our clients have been kept content and well fed during hard times. This is like a light in the darkness – this kind of help is priceless. Thank you, from everyone here at St. Johns, Burgess Hill, for caring and sharing’. Cavan – Health & Wellbeing Coordinator
Your donations of quality, pre-loved and new items as well as food and ambient goods are always welcome. We have a Seasonal Wish List of items that both our clients and services are in need of right now. However, what we don’t want today we may need tomorrow! So always email offers to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some of our most popular items which we send out every week.
Every week a wonderful team of volunteers deliver your donations to clients in our services including home making necessities.
‘We were very touched and humbled that your client shared his story with us and that he will now be sleeping on the bed tonight. We hope the bed is really comfortable for him and that he is settling into this new chapter of his life. We have been blessed by this whole experience – thank you to you and your team. M&H Hall
The Cost of Living Crisis means more and more people need our help, please see our Wish List below for what we need right now.
‘Thank you for accepting my chair donation. It means a lot to me that it is going to help one of your clients who is soon to move into a place of their own. I will also be making a financial donation to support your wonderful charity’. Christina
Do you have any unwanted laptops or tablets?
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PLEASE BE AWARE:
All donations should be taken to our storage unit.
- Please phone us before donating so we can check it meets requirements and we have the storage.
- Please donate items and quantities responsibly, so that others can also acquire them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you collect donated items?
We can indeed collect items, from within the county, that are to be donated. Generally, we would only collect furniture items or larger donations which require a van.
We would ask that you call our Donations Co-ordinator to discuss and arrange collection.
Phone: 01903 680740 Ext: 248
What is a Wish List?
We produce a seasonal wish list of the items we need most for distribution across our services in West Sussex.
If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please let us know be emailing: email@example.com
Do any items have to be new?
Yes. For personal items, such as underwear, we do require them to be new.
What if I cannot drop off my donation during the week?
We do appreciate that opening times for our Unit are weekdays.
If you are unable to come to our donations unit at the times we are open, please call our Donations Co-ordinator to arrange a suitable time to either have the items collected from your house or a neighbour’s.
Phone: 01903 680740 Ext: 248
Do we do house clearances?
Unfortunately, this is something we are unable to do. We have very limited storage and therefore have to limit donations to those items we need and would use within a short timeframe.
If there are any items which are on our wish list we would be happy to have them.
What happens to donated food items?
Donated food items are stored centrally at our Unit in Worthing. Items will be date checked and stored ready for distribution across our services. These items will be used to feed homeless men and women who approach our Community Hubs and also eaten by those residing in our accommodation throughout the county.
When a client moves on into independent accommodation, we will often provide food parcels to initially help them get settled.
What happens to surplus items that no longer needed?
On some occasions we may have surplus items, such as food, that would go out of date before we can use it.
In this case, we contact other local charities to see if these items can support other men and women who are facing financial hardship. For example, we often approach Food banks, Salvation Army and Emmaus to share surplus items.
What happens to donated clothing?
We no longer have our charity shops, so clothing needs are now limited to those required by local men and women accessing our services.
Donated clothing will be checked and sorted to determine suitability and then delivered to our Community Hubs and accommodation services throughout the county.
For example, a client presenting at one of the Community Hubs may not have a clean change of clothing or they may be wet from spending the night sleeping rough. We will offer them the donated clothing that the community have kindly provided us.
Bedding and towels are used in our residential accommodation services.
What happens to clothing that isn't needed?
If we receive clothes and textiles that are not suitable, we can pass these onto other charities or we can recycle them and receive money for the weight of items which can then go straight back into supporting our services.
Why do you ask for cleaning products?
It is important to keep our Community Hubs and accommodation clean and hygenic. Cleaning products tend to be expensive and are always needed. Your donations help us to save money on purchasing those items.
What happens to donated furniture?
Furniture will be used across our services to replace or replenish our current furniture. Often when we open new services or create more rooms in our current accommodation, we need to fully kit out a room to ensure the client will feel comfortable and have everything they need.
We also support our clients when they move into independent accommodation to ensure they have everything they need to set up their new home.
Do you accept donations of duvets and blankets?
Yes we do accept these if they are included on our Wish List. The items must be laundered, stain free and single size.
Why do you only need single beds and bedding?
Our accommodation is for single adults to reside, therefore we do not need any double beds or bedding.