How Essential Needs is Funded

We are a registered charity staffed mainly by volunteers. Demand for our service is such that 80% of our overheads are covered by the provision of donated items. The balance is made up by the generosity of grant-giving trusts, the support of our local and county councils and by pursuing other revenue generating ideas. In addition to re-using unwanted items, potentially valuable items are auctioned to realise a higher market value. In this way, we are able to improve our service and maximise our resources.

Why We Charge

As a registered charity, our aim is to be self sustaining as far as possible. The charge we make for each item contributes to the running costs of the project and, incidentally, helps avoid the social stigma often wrongly associated with using a charity.

Gift Aid

We are now able to accept gifts of furniture through Gift Aid.


Link to Harrogate Borough Council

Link to North Yorkshire County Council