Donating goods and services

We are extremely grateful to the many generous individuals and organisations who kindly offer goods and services, which enable us to offer the best possible support for the homeless people we work with.

This page gives advice if you are thinking of offering goods or services to The Passage. For more information, please e-mail info@passage.org.uk or call 020 7592 1850.

At present, we are in particular need of the following items in good condition:

  • Socks and underwear (Men’s and Women’s)
  • Small waist size jeans (28-32, Men’s)
  • Hoodies (Men’s)
  • Joggers (Men’s)
  • Sweaters (Men’s)
  • Trainers (Men’s and Women’s)
  • Jackets (Men’s)
  • Sleeping bags

In terms of toiletries, we currently require:

  • Razors
  • Shaving Foam
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

If you are thinking of buying goods specifically to donate to The Passage please do consider making a donation of funds for the purpose instead, as we are often able to buy goods at lower prices due to purchasing in bulk, and there’s no need for delivery or collection. We can also claim Gift Aid on financial donations from taxpayers, which means that the government contributes 25p for every £1 given.

For certain kinds of goods, we must comply with health and safety requirements (and we have to pay for the safe disposal of some items which we cannot use), so please check the advice below first.

From time to time we are unable to use all the items given to us for reasons of supply and demand, so we donate surplus goods to The St Vincent de Paul Society, which operates under the same ethos, for their work with the poor and homeless.

Services

If you work for a company or organisation that would like to offer a service for The Passage, or at one of our fundraising events, we would love to hear from you – please contact our Business Director on the number above.

Goods

If you are unable to bring items into our office, we may sometimes be able to arrange collection, particularly if the distance is not too great.

Food

The Passage provides breakfast and lunch for around 200 people every day, as well as light refreshments. We are always pleased to receive donations of tinned and dried food, especially as we also provide these items to formerly homeless people. If you would like to donate fresh food, please ring us in advance, as our catering service must comply with health and hygiene regulations and can only use it whilst it is still fresh.

Clothing

Our clothing store aims to offer clean, warm and comfortable clothing to our clients. See the list above for items we particularly need.

We’re sorry that we cannot normally use children’s clothing, special purpose clothing (such as uniforms), or clothing which is well-worn/not in good condition.

Toiletries

Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and shampoo are particularly useful.

Other items

Please call us first to discuss suitability and collection of these items:

Furniture, bedding, and homewares which are new, or in used like new condition: these are much appreciated for the studio flats which The Passage runs in central London for clients who are preparing to move into their own accommodation.

Sleeping bags in new, or used like new, condition: please contact us for advice about what types are most suitable.

Office equipment including stationery and some furniture: please call in advance if you are considering giving office furniture, so that we can advise whether we would be able to use it at the time.

IT equipment, if it is relatively new, and fits in with the rest of our system: again, please enquire in advance, as we are required to pay to dispose of IT equipment which we cannot use.

Raffle prizes for our fundraising events are extremely welcome.