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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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Bruntsfield Basics Bank
Bruntsfield Evangelical Church
70 Leamington Terrace
Corstorphine Basics Bank
Corstorphine United Free Church
7 Glebe Terrace
Dunbar Basics Bank
Dunbar Parish Church Hall
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
Musselburgh Basics Bank
Musselburgh Baptist Church
68 New Street
Newington Basics Bank
Community Church Edinburgh
41a South Clerk Street
Portobello Basics Bank
Wilson Memorial Church
127 Moira Terrace