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‘Inspiring Communities – Improving Lives’

About Us

Colchester anti loo roll brigade was originally set up by Peter Dutch as a response to the panic buying during the early days of the Covid 19 pandemic; with the initial aim of setting up a support network for those who needed help to get through lockdown.

Who We Are

As the pandemic grew, so did the group. We set up a huge support network which became a lifeline for our local Elderly, disabled and isolating community and arranged prescription delivery services, provided education services as well as providing food, gifts and much needed positivity to our local NHS and care homes; which included Elvis concerts and bagpipes to name a few. We quickly became extremely successful in getting help where and when it was needed.

We provided 15000 masks to our local care network and linked them up with suppliers after running a highly successful campaign with St Helena hospice during the PPE crisis.

We rehoused 3 families who’s houses caught fire during lockdown and we are nearing completion on re building one house and have created and completed many DIY sos projects through our wonderful community.

Through donations we then managed to provide furniture and goods to people in need; referred to us from the various agencies we started to work with.

Our Mission

To inspire our community to help each other and to improve the lives of local people. After realising that we found ourselves in a position to have a long term positive impact, the decision was made to become a Community Interest Company so we could continue to operate and grow effectively. We now have a committee who bring expertise into the areas we shall be working in as we move forward.
We currently provide free furniture, goods and support through referrals from the various agencies we now work very closely with, including our Local domestic abuse team, our local homeless agencies, Colchester borough council, Social services and many more.
We also aim to try and get help where it’s needed and have embarked on many DIY SOS style projects and aim to continue to offer help and support where we can.
We are always looking at ways to improve the lives of those that need it most and are currently working with E C C and Social Services discussing a way of providing work placements and skills, teaching for our local homeless teenagers and youngsters who come through the care network, providing laptops and working hard to break their cycle.
We are also hoping to set up a similar scheme for ex and wounded service personnel by also providing work experience through the local business community and on community projects we have planned.

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We make a difference in the lives of people in the community, where help is needed most.