Nice People Doing Nice Things

North Essex Support Team

Proudly registered with the Charities Commission – Charity Number 1191592

What We Do

Find out about all the valuable work that we do and the big impact this has had.

Get Involved

Click here to find out how you can help us – we’d love to have you on board!


Contact Us

Here is all of our contact information and details of the areas that we cover.

About Our Charity

N.E.S.T is a small registered charity taking direct action to help struggling families and individuals in our community

Our Chairman, Les Nicoll has a background of 50 years with the Essex County Fire and Rescue service, working directly in the community since 2006. In 2019 he was awarded a British Empire Medal for his community work.

In the course of his work as a safeguarding officer he discovered:


Children sleeping on the floor or on grubby, soiled mattresses with no sheets or pillows


Elderly people sleeping in urine soaked and faeces stained beds and bedding


Families in crisis running from terrible domestic or political violence, with all their possessions in a few carrier bags


Hungry, poorly clothed children going to school unprepared for winter

“I started using my Facebook page to source beds and bedding for these people and in the first four years was able to help over 400 families and individuals”

Les Nicoll – Chairman, N.E.S.T

As his work became public knowledge the referrals grew and grew to the point where Les was struggling to meet the demands. Then in 2019 some good friends crowdfunded a storage container and rallied round to help.


And N.E.S.T was born!

What We Do

Completely free of charge
Completely free of judgement
The poorest and most vulnerable members of our community

We source and provide:


Essential furniture and household items, including beds, bedding and kitchenware. In the past year we have delivered essential goods to over 370 families & individuals. This has included more than 116 Beds and 190 Kitchen Appliances, all saved from landfill! 



Assistance with adaptations in the home to facilitate the return from hospital of very sick patients and those in receipt of palliative care


Slow cooker club providing struggling families with slow cookers, basic kitchen equipment & ingredients for 6 hearty meals. More than 115 families fed so far!



Christmas Hampers for families in our community. In 2020 we delivered “One Day Free From Poverty” to 151 families, including more than 350 children



Winter Warmers events providing warm clothing and bedding for those in need. At the last event we gave away 20,000+ items to over 3,300 struggling families and individuals in North Essex



Preloved prom dresses and suits to young people in our community. This year we enabled 100 teenagers to enjoy their school prom without the need for high interest loans


Need should never have a value.

We never sell on our donations and all of our services are completely free.

How can you help?

Donate Time

Volunteer for us, we’d love to have you!

We always need Drivers, Furniture Movers, Donation Sorters, Kitchen Helpers, Food Deliverers, Fundraisers and Shoppers.

Donate Items

We always need clean, good quality household items.

We are HAPPY TO ACCEPT the following:

Beds & Bedding, Towels, Small bedroom furniture, Kitchenware such as crockery, cutlery and pots & pans, Small electrical appliances in good working order.

Regretfully we are UNABLE TO ACCEPT:

Large Kitchen Knives, Glassware, Large items of furniture, Wardrobes Sofas & armchairs, White Goods, Clothing, Tables & Chairs.

Donate Money

All of the work we do is carried out by unpaid volunteers but we need funds to pay for the services we offer free of charge to the most vulnerable members of our community.

Even a very small amount can make a difference to the lives of the people we help.

Donate Now

Our bank details are:

Account Number 36234938

Sort Code 23-05-80

Thank you!

Activity Gallery

A few photos of our recent work
Head over to our Facebook gallery page HERE to see more

What areas do we cover?

We are based in Harwich and cover the following areas:

CO1 – CO4 and CO7 within the Borough of Colchester

CO11 – CO16 within the District of Tendring

Contact Us

By Email

By Phone

07549 647 401

On Facebook

North Essex Support Team

By Email:

By Phone:

07549 647 401

On Facebook

North Essex Support Team

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