********* Basics Bank stays open during Coronavirus lockdown period ********
Every Tuesday we provide emergency food, support, and advice to local people in need.
Every client who attends the Basics Bank receives a package of household and bathroom products, as well as cupboard and fridge food essentials. Not only that, but each client is welcomed with a friendly smile, the offer of a hot drink, and someone to talk to.
This is a critical service for our local community, with every client being independently assessed, and referred to us by Social Services. We partner with Edinburgh City Mission help us maintain the highest standards of confidentiality, care, dignity, and respect, treating every client with compassion and trust.
If you feel that you need help from our Basics Bank
You will need to follow the referral process through Edinburgh City Mission. Local agencies and practitioners such as doctors, support workers, social workers, or church ministers, who wish to refer families or individuals for food support at our Basics Bank can use the link below to access the Edinburgh City Mission referral form.
If you would like to donate food or products
Our Basics Bank is open every Tuesday from 10:00am to 1:00pm, and can receive donations during this time. Donations should be delivered at the Wilson Memorial Church rear door, access from Kekewich Avenue. During the Covid-19 period, we are also open for receiving donations on Sunday afternoons between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Alternatively, if these open times are not suitable, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our care coordinators will respond.
If you would like to volunteer at the Basics Bank
Please contact Edinburgh City Mission (EMC), who manage the volunteer recruitment and deployment process. They will be delighted to discuss how you can help.
Edinburgh City Mission – 0131 225 9445
Basics Bank – Providing crisis care since 2012
We have been running our Basics Bank care project every Tuesday since 2012, helping out up to 13 local families each week. Over Christmas and New Year periods, the Basics Bank is closed, but all clients receive extra supplies in advance to ensure they do not suffer any shortages.
We are very grateful to our fantastic network of friends, churches, local schools and business who have all contributed greatly to the Basics Bank over the years, and continue to do so. Thank-you, you really have made a difference to the lives of a lot of people in our local community.
Here are some examples of support packages recently provided to clients
Basics Bank Podcast
Listen here as local journalist and podcaster David Calder interviews Patsy Cook and Rev Mike Marsden from the Wilson Memorial Church Basics Bank.