Generous donations of food made during harvest time, are used throughout the year to prepare and serve over 12,000 meals to people experiencing homelessness. Residents are also provided with essential food parcels when moving on from the Nightshelter and into their own accommodation.

As well as food, we welcome the donation of household items such as cleaning products, bin bags and batteries. These all help towards the running of the Nightshelter.

Thank you to the schools, churches, community groups and individuals who choose to support us at harvest time. We still hope to visit groups this year to talk about the Nightshelter but have also prepared resources for you access and use independently if you are unable to have visitors onsite. Please see below for more information.

Harvest 2020 – most-needed items

We appreciate all donations but below is a list of the items we are most in need of this harvest:

Food

  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Granulated sugar
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Hot chocolate
  • Squash and soft drinks
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned custard
  • Tinned luncheon meats (including corned beef)
  • Tinned curry meals
  • Gravy granules and stock
  • Table sauces
  • Salt and pepper
  • Biscuits

Other items

    • Washing powder
    • Anti-bac wipes and spray
    • Strong black bin bags
    • Washing up liquid
    • Kitchen roll
    • Deodorant (especially men’s spray deodorant)
    • Bleach
    • Cling film
    • Toilet rolls
    • J-cloths or similar
    • Washing up gloves
    • Toilet cleaner
    • Foil
    • Shower gel
    • Liquid soap
    • Shampoo
    • Shaving foam
    • Batteries (AAA, AA & C)

Making it safe

In light of the current pandemic, we are doing all that we can to ensure that the process of giving harvest donations is made as safe as possible for everyone involved. Please take a moment to read our guidelines:

  • Try and let us know when you hope to deliver your donations so that we can be prepared to receive them. Phone 01962 862050 or email admin@wcns.org.uk
  • It would be really helpful if perishables and non-perishables could be packed separately.
  • Pack all donations in boxes or carrier bags for easy transport and storage.
  • When delivering, it will be possible to drop items whilst maintaining a 2m distance and without the need to enter the building. We ask that masks and gloves are worn when delivering (we can provide gloves).

If delivery is not possible we will try to find a volunteer to help collect the donations. If you need to arrange collection please email admin@wcns.org.uk or call 01962 862050.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Harvest Amazon Wishlist

We understand that at the moment many people are unable to visit shops or come to the Nightshelter. So this year, we have set up an Amazon Wishlist which gives you the option to choose items to donate this harvest without the need to leave your house. Simply click on the button below, select and purchase your item and it will be delivered directly to the Nightshelter.

School, church and community group presentations

Harvest is always a highlight in our calendar as it is an opportunity to go out to schools, churches and community groups to talk about what we do at the Nightshelter. We hope to still be able to do that this year but understand that it will not be possible for everyone to welcome visitors.

We have therefore created a short film tour of the Nightshelter presented by two young supporters which will give an insight into the work we do. We have also prepared a presentation to accompany the film. So please get in touch if you would like us to visit or you would like us to send you the resources for you to use independently. Contact admin@wcns.org.uk.