Winchester Basics Bank
The purpose of the Winchester Basics Bank is to provide an emergency food and clothing service for people who are facing difficulty following an unexpected event in their lives.
For over 15 years we have been serving people in the Winchester district who have been in need of emergency food or clothing. We are a Christian charity supported by local churches, schools, caring organisations and individuals, together with local supermarkets and Winchester City Council.
Our clients are referred to us by over 80 agents that include the City Council, Citizens Advice Bureau, Housing Associations, local caring charities such as the Trinity Centre and local churches. Clients receive a week’s supply of food at one time and can visit us up to eight times in a year. We also provide food during holiday periods to families with children who normally get free school meals.
Food is donated by churches, schools and directly from local residents via our collection points in Sainsbury’s Badger Farm and the town centre, Waitrose Stockbridge Road, Tesco in Winnall and the Co-op in Alresford. Abel & Cole provide us with their excess fruit and vegetables when available. Financial donations come from generous individuals, businesses and charitable groups.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Winchester Basics Bank
Winchester Basics Bank, 21a Penton Place
- SO23 0PZ
- Referral required
- Referral Details
We operate on a referral system, so if you are wishing to access Winchester Basics Bank’s service for food or clothing please obtain a voucher from one of our partner agencies.
If you are living in rented accommodation, you should contact Winchester City Council housing department or the relevant housing association in the first instance. If you are homeless or vulnerably housed, you should contact the Trinity Centre.
If you are a vulnerable person, and do not have local support, please contact the Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline – Hantshelp4vulnerable – they can be contacted on 0333 370 4000 (calls charged at local rate). The helpline is available seven days a week, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, and is for vulnerable people who do not have support from families, friends or their local community, and who need urgent assistance with practical issues, including referring you for a food voucher from us.
If you have never used our service before you can get help by clicking here.
Here are some examples of partner agencies where you can obtain vouchers:
- Your local Housing Association – through the Tenancy Support Team/Officer
- Winchester City Council – Housing Team or Income Services Team (see poster on right)
- Winchester Citizen’s Advice Bureau 01962 848003
- The Trinity Centre
- Social Services
- Health visitors
- Local churches
- Probation officers
- Some local schools (normally via the Head or admin team)
- Children’s centres