For many who are facing challenging times in their lives, the kindness of a charity or organisation can be life-changing. Winchester Basics Bank is a provision at the heart of our city which acts as an emergency response for people who are struggling to cope with those challenging times. Literally, they are a “life saver.”
When an individual or family approach the Basics Bank they can be helped with an emergency food parcel (usually enough for 2-5 days) and good quality second hand clothing. This is all provided by a team who are caring and kind and the Basics Bank has become known as a place of welcome for those facing an uphill struggle.
“Service is very friendly, everyone has a smile. I feel embarrassed at times and the staff help take that away. Couldn’t wish for better. Thank you.”
Winchester Basics Bank was founded in 2004 and is supported by Churches as well as caring organisations and Winchester Council. They work with people referred from caring agencies across the city so they are always at hand when people are struggling.
Winchester Basics Bank runs on the kindness of Winchester’s people. Maybe you could help them with:
- Food donation, either at the Bank itself during opening hours or through their collection services at Sainsbury’s Badger Farm, Sainsbury’s Middlebrook Street or the Co-Op in Alresford.
- Clothing donations. The bank say “we always need clean clothing in good condition.”
- Give financially. Visit their website for more details.
- Volunteer. The service is run by volunteers. Why not chat to them or arrange a visit?
You can find out more about the Winchester Basics Bank at winchesterbasicsbank.co.uk or on Twitter @WinchBasicsBank.
You can contact them at 21a Penton Place, Milland Road, Winchester SO23 0PZ (Tuesdays & Fridays 10am – 3pm) or at St Barnabas Church Rooms, Fromond Road, Weeke SO22 6DS (Thursdays 10am – 1pm).
Winchester Basics Bank are looking for a Minute Secretary to join their team. The Minute Secretary’s responsibility will initially be to work with the Chairman and the Operations Manager to record and produce notes of the bi-monthly board of trustees meetings. For further information and details – and/or an informal chat – please contact Sue Broadbent via St Peter’s Church 01962 852804