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 partner 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.
Should you need to access the help of a Basics Bank contact us using the details below –
Edinburgh City Mission
0131 225 9445
Steve Wright (direct line)
0131 243 9145
Click below for details of the Basics Banks locations and maps.
Bruntsfield Evangelical Church
70 Leamington Terrace
Edinburgh EH10 4JU
Parish Churh Hall
Dunbar EH42 1EH
Granton Baptist Church
99 Crewe Road North
Edinburgh EH5 2NW
Ebenezer United Free Church
31 Bangor Road
Leith EH6 5IX
Musselburgh Baptist Church
68 New Street
Musselburgh EH21 6JQ
Edinburgh Community Church
41a South Clerk Street
Edinburgh EH8 9NZ
Wilson Memorial Church
7 Kekewich Ave
Edinburgh EH7 6TZ
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.
Financial donations for the work of ECM can be made by various means from the ‘Donations‘ page on this website.
Currently expanding the number of our locations, we need volunteers to assist. If you are able to help, check the ‘Volunteer‘ page on this website.
Video with Steve Wright of ECM talking about the Basics Banks
Basics Bank Client Comments
We came here Hungry, Homeless and Hopeless. We’re leaving Whole!