Basics Bank

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Getting a Referral

If you need the help of Basics Bank please have a social care or health agency worker contact us. The agency will then refer you to Basics Bank.


If you are from an agency and wish to make a referral please call the number above or email

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Basics Bank

Behind the public face of an affluent and rapidly advancing city such as Edinburgh, there are areas of real deprivation and poverty.

People of all ages find themselves caught up in a downward spiral of helplessness and powerlessness, some who are homeless or in temporary accommodation, escaping from domestic or other kinds of violence, unemployed, while others are caught up in the web of debt problems.

In seeking to address some of these issues and bring practical relief, Edinburgh City Mission, as part of its program of care, have a project called Basics Bank.

Basic Bank provides a friendly, non-threatening atmosphere where individuals, parents and children can find the kind of help they need, whether that be practical, emotional or spiritual.


Meaningful Partnerships

In partnership with city churches, schools and individuals who donate food, hygiene items etc, Edinburgh City Mission, works together with a local network of voluntary and charitable agencies. These refer clients for assistance through a referral scheme that ensures that help is given to those with genuine needs.

Basics Bank does not offer permanent help – it is here to help people on their way through a crisis. Help can be provided for up to two months, after which we will re-assess the need for further assistance.

ECM now partners with Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB) to offer a range of support services through the Basics Bank Network.

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Making a Difference


To achieve this, the Mission depends on individuals, churches and schools who will guarantee regular support to the project, in terms of food or hygiene items. ECM encourages people to sign up to a Basics Bank Covenant, and provides guidance concerning the items which participants should supply.


Donate Supplies

We welcome donations of food and other resources for the Basics Banks.

Basics Banks  depend on individuals, churches and schools who will guarantee regular support to the project, in terms of food or hygiene items.

Example Requirements

  • Rice, Soup, Tea, Coffee, Sugar
  • Tinned meats (ham, corned beef, steak)
  • Tinned Fish, Tinned fruit
  • Breakfast Cereals, some Snacks/Treats
  • Shampoo & Toothpaste, all types of Toiletries

ECM Basics Banks needs Church Champions to help provide items.

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We rely on individual giving to keep the Basics Banks open. Visit our Donate page for more information.


Bruntsfield Basics Bank

Bruntsfield Evangelical Church
70 Leamington Terrace
EH10 4JU

Corstorphine Basics Bank

Corstorphine United Free Church
7 Glebe Terrace
EH12 7SQ

Dunbar Basics Bank

Dunbar Parish Church Hall
High Street
EH42 1EH

Granton Basics Bank

Granton Baptist Church
99 Crewe Road North

Leith Basics Bank

Ebenezer United Free Church
31 Bangor Road

Moredun Basics Bank

Tron Kirk Gilmerton & Moredun Church
Craigour Gardens
EH17 7NX

Musselburgh Basics Bank

Musselburgh Baptist Church
68 New Street
EH21 6JQ

Newington Basics Bank

Community Church Edinburgh
41a South Clerk Street

Portobello Basics Bank

Wilson Memorial Church
127 Moira Terrace