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Basics Bank

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Photo of Edinburgh City Mission Basic BankBehind 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 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.

Obtain Help

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


Basics Banks Details

Click below for details of the Basics Banks locations and maps.


Bruntsfield Evangelical Church
70 Leamington Terrace
Edinburgh EH10 4JU

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Corstorphine United Free Church
7 Glebe Terrace
Edinburgh EH12 7SQ

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Parish Churh Hall
High Street
Dunbar EH42 1EH

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Granton Baptist Church
99 Crewe Road North
Edinburgh EH5 2NW

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Ebenezer United Free Church
31 Bangor Road
Leith EH6 5IX

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Musselburgh Baptist Church
68 New Street
Musselburgh EH21 6JQ

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Edinburgh Community Church
41a South Clerk Street
Edinburgh EH8 9NZ

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Wilson Memorial Church
7 Kekewich Ave
Edinburgh EH7 6TZ

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Photo of Edinburgh City Mission Basic Bank

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

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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.

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!