The items listed here are those currently needed by Changing Lives.
When you purchase a donation through this store, your exact purchased item is sent directly to one of the Changing Lives offices. They can then distribute or use the donated items as required within their projects, making a real, tangible difference to someone's life. It also means that Changing Lives don't have to spend money donations on items, and can instead use it for those things only money can buy.
There is no minimum order size, and all items include free delivery.
Changing Lives don’t pay for our service, and we use just £0.50 of the item prices below to cover our transaction costs and price fluctuations from our suppliers. We don't profit from the sale of any items on the website, and instead rely on corporate sponsorship to keep us running.
Find out more about this here.
Housing & Homelessness
Changing Lives believe that a safe and stable home is the foundation for building a better life.
There are a range of circumstances which mean people find themselves homeless, including family breakdown, addictions, mental and physical ill health and leaving prison or hospital. Changing Lives work so that homelessness is a brief transitory period in someone’s life, not a permanent label or a cycle from which people find it hard to escape. Their homelessness services provide a safe place to stay, help to sort out practical issues and strengths based support. The ultimate aim is for people to transition out of homelessness and tough times in their lives quickly and positively, with a whole new community based network of support built around them ready for the next bump in the road.
Drug & Alcohol Services
Dependence on drugs or alcohol is often a result of difficult life experiences. Across the North East and Yorkshire, Changing Lives are on hand to help people take their first steps towards abstinence and support their ongoing recovery. Their dedicated drug and alcohol services offer tailored support to help people challenge their dependency. Recovery from substance misuse is a journey that is possible with the right support.
Changing Lives currently offer:
An abstinence based structured day programme
Recovery centres for advice, peer support and community engagement
Harm minimisation services
Residential support for mothers in recovery
Specific services for young people
Women & Children's Services
Changing Lives support women and girls around experiences where gender, the very fact of being a woman, is significant. This includes those who have experienced domestic abuse, sexual exploitation or have contact with the criminal justice system. They understand that the experiences of women often differ to those of men, but some universal services may not be able to meet the distinct needs of women. Changing Lives provide specialist support in safe and trusted women-only environments. They recognise the amazing resilience in the people we support, whilst understanding that the impact of childhood trauma and abuse which too often continues into adulthood requires long term support. Underpinning all the services is an in-depth understanding of trauma and a focus on recovery, resilience and community integration.
Finding a job can help people to increase their confidence and self-worth, boost their income, and escape long-term poverty.
All things that people need to build a brighter future for themselves and their family. Changing Lives are committed to helping people who are unemployed to overcome the barriers they may face and find work. Their dedicated employment teams help people to identify their goals and work towards them at their own pace, empowering them to take control of their future.
Donating in kind is obviously just one way you can support Changing Lives. We recommend you check out the resources below to see how else you can help!
Subscribe to be a Hope Revolution Angel for Changing Lives, and receive emails from us when we get a new request from them
Click here to be re-directed to Changing Lives' monetary donation page.
We don't look to, or encourage the replacement of money donations, rather compliment them!
Welcome to the Changing Lives item donation shop! Here you can browse and purchase the items that Changing Lives need this month. We then make sure your donation is delivered directly to their door.
Changing Lives began as a small charity in the North East called Tyneside Cyrenians, and later The Cyrenians, helping people who were experiencing homelessness through our hostels and day centres. Since then, their services have expanded in both provision and geography. They now operate across the North East, Yorkshire, North West and the Midlands as a national organisation with over 500 members of staff and nearly 300 volunteers helping over 17,000 people each year to change their lives for the better.