Winter support and coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

Colchester Borough Council is providing support for residents, businesses, and communities throughout winter. The government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. Check the guidance on GOV.UK for what this means for you.

Food support for children during school holidays

There is a wide range of support available within Colchester. Businesses and organisations are offering free meals, as well as fun activities for children during the school holidays. Find businesses and organisations that are local to you by using the map or list below.

Check back regularly as we will continue to update the map and list with more offers of support.

Essex ActiveAte

Essex ActivAte is a holiday activity and food programme across Essex, run by Active Essex, Essex County Council and Thurrock Council, on behalf of the Department for Education.

Active Essex run free face-to-face clubs during the school holidays for primary and secondary aged children and young people (5-16 year olds), who are eligible for benefits-based free school meals. The clubs are also intended for low income working families who would benefit from this extra support.

Essex ActivAte extend this support to children and young people who may be vulnerable to inactivity or social isolation on a case by case basis. Please speak to the club provider to discuss if this is an option.

Each Essex ActivAte club delivers a variety of fun physical and enrichment activities, food education, as well as a nutritious meal. Alongside this you can access family support and fun activities to keep children active and entertained at home.

You can find your local club and book a place in a club in either Colchester or Tendring on Active Essex's website. 

Book to join an Essex ActivAte Club

Food support

  • The BOAZ Project
    The Boaz Project is continuing to provide food parcels to individuals and families in need. Contact 07940 441756 or
  • Colchester CAP
    Colchester CAP offers help and support with debt and provides access to foodbank vouchers. Call them on 0800 328 0006 or email
  • Essex Integration
    Essex Integration is a non-profit organisation that provides essential support services to newly arriving refugees and migrants accepted under the Home Office VPR scheme to Essex. Call 01206 861180 - option 2 to talk to an advisor if you need advice or food support.
  • GO4
    GO4 are offering food support to any family in need. Email or call 07531 207677 for more information.
  • The Munch Club
    The Munch Club is delivering food to those in need. Areas include Monkwick, Berechurch, Shrub End, Old Heath, Rowhedge, Hythe, Greenstead. Other areas will be considered if families are in urgent need.
  • New Town Food Bank
    New Town Food Bank at St Stephens Church on Canterbury Road in Colchester are open between 7.30pm and 8.30pm on Mondays and 11am and 1pm on Thursdays for the collection of food parcels for those in need. For more information contact
For food support, see the full list of Colchester Foodbanks and the referral agents.

Thank you for all the food support and advice in Colchester

Page last reviewed: 24 March 2021


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