28 November update: Our clothing storage space is currently full and we can no longer accept clothing or toiletries. Please consider donating a gift box. Alternatively, contact one of our partner drop-in centres to arrange a donation drop. 

Shoe-box gifts needed: 

We will be distributing gifts at a festive lunch at the Kings Road Community Drop-in on 20 December and would be grateful for contributions from the community. Please place at least four of the items below in a shoe box, wrap, and label whether it is intended for a male or female. Feel free to include a note inside with a positive message to wish the recipient a Merry Christmas and let him or her know someone cares. Items can be delivered to 155a King's Road, SW3 5TX.

  • new pair of socks
  • new pair of underwear
  • candy or chocolate
  • oyster card
  • toothbrush
  • mini-toothpaste
  • hand-warmers
  • disposable razor
  • hand-wipes
  • mini deodorant
  • gloves
  • warm hat
  • scarf

Vince as Santa with guest and shoebox gift

Christmas Crackers

If you have spare crackers or can donate in bulk, we'd love to share them with our guests joining in on the festive lunch on 20 December and with those staying with us over the holidays. Christmas crackers can be dropped off at the Chelsea Drop-in on 155a Kings Road, SW3 5TX. We are in need of 130+ crackers. Please do get in touch if you can sponsor a bulk donation. 

Clothing and toiletry donations

Hundreds of men and women turn to us throughout the year for clothing, showers and food. We have a clothing bank at the Chelsea Methodist Church stocked with clothes and shoes donated by individuals in the community.

We sometimes are not able to accept donations when our limited storage becomes full. Please do check our list of current needs before delivering.

If you do not live local to our headquarters in Chelsea, London, we recommend you contact your local homeless drop-in centre to see what they might need. A list of London-based day-time support centres can be found here.

Alternative drop-off centres:

The Ace of Clubs, St Alphonsus Road, SW4 7AS tel: 020 7720 2811

The Vineyard Community Centre, The Vineyard, TW10 6AQ tel: 020 84399735

If you would be willing to hold on to any items you wish to donate until after Christmas, we would be grateful to receive your donations at the Chelsea headquarters once space frees up again. 

As our storage space is in short supply, if you have any information on a venue in (or near) Chelsea that would be willing to offer storage, please email [email protected]

Items we normally are grateful to accept include:

Items for our clothing bank:

  • Socks
  • New underwear
  • Gloves and hats
  • Bags, particularly rucksacks
  • Shoes and boots in decent condition 
  • Clothing, including coats, jeans, t-shirts, track-suit bottoms and  sweaters

Miscellaneous:

  • Sleeping bags
  • Towels (for guests taking showers)
  • Oyster cards (even without any funds on them). Please mail to Glass Door at 155a Kings Rd, SW3 5TX.
  • Toiletries of all kinds, particularly shampoo, men's razors and women's sanitary products

We also use donations of non-perishable food in the shelters and drop-in centres. Here's a list of food items we use: 

  • Instant coffee 
  • Instant hot chocolate
  • Vegetarian tinned soups
  • Rice
  • Sugar 
  • Biscuits
  • Jams and marmalade
  • Tinned tomatoes 
  • Tinned pulses

We can not accept freshly cooked food or anything out of date.  

 

You are very welcome to either MAIL or deliver items in person to Glass Door at 155a Kings Road, London, SW3 5TX. If you are dropping off items, please do so while the community drop-in is in operation (M, T, Th 9am-2pm). Or, you can buzz our offices from the door on Chelsea Manor Street during normal business hours and someone will meet you to receive the collection.

Personal hygiene is crucial for self-respect, dignity, and mental health. Many of our guests work hard to look and feel clean and put together.

- Chelsea Drop-in Manager Steve Gamble

Thank you very much.  

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss or to arrange a large delivery.