Essential Needs is run by three part-time paid members of staff with the generous support of a team of dedicated volunteers.

We are governed by a Board of Trustees who determine how to best manage and run the charity for the benefit of all on low incomes in the Harrogate Borough.

Even with our employed staff and the constant support of our trustees, we could not deliver our vital service without the incredible contribution of the volunteers who work with us on a daily basis. Without that Essential Needs would not be able to function.

To find out more about the benefits of working with us please visit our volunteers page.

Lee Wright

Lee joined Essential Needs in January 2019 having worked in the service sector for over 25 years. Having lived in the Harrogate district since 1994 he has a good understanding of the area and the needs of the local community.
Lee is committed to increasing the availability of low cost household items to those most in need and developing the role Essential Needs plays in other community activities.

Tammy Golding
Admin Assistant

Tammy came to work at Essential Needs in 2018. Having worked in administration for over 20 years she now uses those skills to help the local community. You will often find her in the shop, or tucked away in the office answering Facebook messages. She is pleased to be working for a charity that can really make a difference to people’s lives and, in her spare time, is studying at university to be a counsellor.

Driver & Warehouse Facilitator

We are currently recruiting for a new driver/warehouse facilitator.

If you are interested in joining our team please contact us for full job details.