About Essential Needs

Volunteers Needed at Essential Needs

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June store closures …
Due to staff and volunteer annual leave Essential Needs will be closed on the following days/times:

… Tuesday 13th June – afternoon
… Thursday 15th June – afternoon
… Friday 23rd June – morning
… Monday 26th June – afternoon

We apologise for any inconvenience caused

What is the ‘Essential Needs Re-use Furniture Project?

Essential Needs is a small, independent charity. It is a community based furniture store serving Harrogate and the surrounding district.

At Essential Needs we make available, for a modest charge, reasonable quality, clean furniture, household and electrical items, to people on low incomes or in receipt of income based benefit.

We try to provide a wide range of items: from pots and pans to bedding, from curtains to three-piece suites, all in reasonable condition; in essence, everything necessary to ‘turn an empty house into a home’.

We aim to help as many eligible people as we can, from those just starting out in their own home to those needing to replace worn out items.

Our Mission

  • To provide low cost furniture and household items to single people and families on low incomes or in receipt of income based benefit, who may be excluded from the traditional sources of furniture; we thus help them to gain stability and comfort in a house of which they can be proud
  • To minimise waste by recirculating furniture and household items
  • To contribute to the local community by assisting those in need of this kind of material support

Our Aims

  • To offer a caring, friendly and personal service
  • To respond to the changing social needs of our community and adapt our service accordingly
  • To support the community by offering a variety of work experiences for volunteers

To read about our history, simply click The History of Essential Needs (4081) to receive a comprehensive PDF document.


Volunteer with Essential Needs: make new friends, learn new skills, be part of an essential team and benefit your local community and the environment …

We are currently searching for people who can fill the following roles:

… Van driver volunteers
… Van/warehouse assistant volunteers
… Office/retail volunteers
… Cleaners
… Sorting, pricing, merchandising
… Furniture repair and up-cycling volunteers
… Marketing and communications volunteers

If you are interested in any of the above roles please contact us.


The work you do is a blessing to people like us on a limited income. The furniture you sent was lovely and you know we are very grateful.

The work you do is a blessing …

When we first visited you we were weighed down with worry regarding our list of needs and lack of money…but the help and advice from you and your team has been invaluable particularly trough our bleak period. A heartfelt and sincere thank you. You do indeed fulfil an Essential Need.

The help and advice from you and your team has been invaluable …

Your whole approach has been sympathetic and professional, but touched with humour, and your willingness to provide solutions to our problems has been wonderful.

Your whole approach has been sympathetic …

However busy you seem to be you always have time for us, and nothing is too much trouble to ensure we make the right choices.

You always have time for us …



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Essential Needs
Back Gladstone Street
North Yorkshire

General Enquiries: essentialneeds@gmail.com
Tel: 01423 870 040