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SCM Basics Bank - emergency food and clothes banks

Since 1996 when we opened our first Basics Bank we have been giving out free food and clothes to those in need in Southampton. As good as our State benefit system is, it often cannot respond quickly enough for life’s crises. We work with our referral agents to provide emergency food and clothes for those who fall through the gaps in the benefit net, or who are facing financial hardship due to some sort of crisis. Almost all of our food and clothes are donated by churches, schools, the public and businesses. We sort, store and make it available to our service users at various venues around the City on different days of the week.

We are not a direct access project, in that a service user needs a valid voucher (online e-voucher or paper) from a referral agent before we can help them. We have many Referral Agents who issue our vouchers to people in need when they think it is appropriate. Social workers, health visitors, doctors, community workers, shelters, drop-ins, charities, churches and many others, use our vouchers to give help to those they work with. If your organisation would like to register as a referral agent, please visit the referral agents page of our website. 

While we are a Christian mission and want everyone to know about the love and opportunity that Jesus has for them, we are committed to providing this practical help and assistance of food and clothes with no strings attached. We serve anyone of any background, belief or outlook and are happy to do so.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Dave Osborne
Contact Position
SCM Basics Bank Manager
023 8055 0435
Southampton City Mission
Social Media
Charity number

You can speak to our Basics Bank Supervisors on the Basics Bank mobile 07929 641755 Mon-Fri 10am-3pm.

To speak to the SCM Basics Bank Manager, please call 07793 001939, Mon - Thurs 8am-3pm

Where to go

Children's Centre Areas

Please see the Venues page of our website for opening times and locations of our venues.

We do not give out food or clothes from our office in Millbrook.

All venues open 10am-3pm

Food – Above Bar Church, Ogle Road, SO14 7FE

Food – St Mary's Church, St Monica Road, Sholing, SO19 8ES

Food – Old Chemist, Bitterne Triangle, SO18 1NP
Clothes - Ascension Church, 1 Thorold Road, Bitterne Park, SO18 1HZ

Food – Shirley Baptist Church, The Carey Hall, Church Street, Shirley, SO15 5LG

Food – Lordshill Church, Lordshill District Centre, SO16 8HY

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday - Friday
Time of day
Session Information
10am - 3pm
Basics Bank is closed on all Bank Holidays

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

To register as a referral agent, please visit the referral agents page of our website.



Any Other Notes

Please note that we do not run a delivery service.

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