Project information

SCM Basics Bank

Providing emergency food & clothes acts as a safety net during crisis, relieves stress & improves emotional well-being. Offering a non-judgemental listening ear & signposting to further specialist help & local community groups helps overcome the social isolation experienced by many clients.


Charity information: Southampton City Mission (CIO)

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  • Need


    As good as it is, our welfare system in the UK is often too slow to respond for people facing crisis. Some struggle to access or engage with it.Southampton is ranked 67/326 on the overall Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015 of Local Authorities in England (1 = the most deprived), representing a high level of need in the city.


    We can provide the basic short-term practical help needed to help stabilise the circumstances of people facing crisis until longer term support is in place.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide 5 days worth of food to anyone referred to us.


    » Run 5 food banks from church hosted venues, across the geographical spread of Southampton, from 10am-3pm Monday - Friday.
    » Recruit & train sufficient volunteers to run each food bank venue as a welcoming, non-judgemental place to receive help & sign-posting.
    » Build relationships with potential & existing donors of food, including businesses, to ensure consistent supply of food throughout the year.
    » Run a van for the collection of large food & clothing donations & distribution of food to venues from our central storage warehouse.

    What success will look like

    Online database records number of people given 5 days of food (currently 700+ per month). Monitor any instances where food cannot be provided.

    Aim 2

    Provide up to four sets of clothing to anyone referred to us.


    » Run one centralised clothing bank where clients can choose their own clothing with dignity.
    » Recruit & train sufficient volunteers to run the clothing bank as a welcoming, non-judgemental place to receive help & sign-posting.
    » Build relationships with potential & existing donors of clothing, including businesses, to ensure consistent supply of clothes throughout the year.

    What success will look like

    Online database records number of people receiving clothing (100+ per month currently). If clients can't find all the clothing they are entitled to they are given a return voucher.

  • Impact


    The nature of our project is to provide short-term emergency help. For this reason we do not currently record data which might demonstrate long term changes. However, long term change can result from us signposting clients to additional help depending on circumstances and from preventing people from falling deeper into crisis by responding to needs as they are presented.


    Obtaining sufficient food & clothes - over 20 years of operation we have built a strong support network of churches, schools businesses & the public who regularly supply us & respond to appeals.
    Obtaining sufficient funding - active fundraising committee oversee fundraising strategy including grants, regular donors & events.
    Reputation risks - staff have excellent working relationships with referral agents. Volunteer induction
    Dependence - policy of helping clients 6 times per 12 months for food


    Regular donors receive a monthly email.
    Updates re numbers helped at food collection points.
    Major funders have their own reporting requirements which we adhere to.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £73,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £42,900 Employment costs Management & administration staff costs
      £9,000 Rent & service charge Warehouse/office rental charge; site service charge
      £5,800 Unit 5 expenses Rates, utilities for warehouse/office
      £4,700 Van costs Running, insurance, maintenance costs of distribution van
      £2,000 Food Emergency funds to pay for food shortages
      £3,400 Admin costs Telephone, insurance, printing, postage etc
      £1,300 Volunteer & staff expenses Travel & subsistence reimbursement & training
      £4,100 Depreciation Van, computers, storage equipment

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Southampton City Council £10,000 Guaranteed
    Barker-Mill Foundation £8,000 Guaranteed
    Donations from churches £21,000 Conditional
    Donations from individuals £12,000 Conditional
    Other (organisations, recycling etc) £11,000 Conditional
  • Background


    City of Southampton.
    Population 236,900 (census 2011)
    67/326 on Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015 (worsened from ranking of 81st in 2010).


    Currently providing 5 days worth of food 8,500+ times per year to people in need in Southampton.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Southampton City Mission has over 20 years experience of running food & clothing banks in Southampton. Key staff have built strong relationships with the city council, anti-poverty network & referral agencies to understand the needs and provide the service. SCM has also developed a regional network for independent food banks to offer support & share best practice.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Osborne

    Basics Bank Manager - manages stock control, transport, volunteers & all day to day operations of teh project

    Chris Davis MBE

    City Missioner - founder of Basics Bank & other anti-poverty projects in the city. Promotes & networks for Basics Bank at a national & civic level

    Duncan House

    Associate City Missioner - manages key relationships & strategic direction of the project.

    Basics Bank Supervisors

    Volunteers who run each Basics Bank venue when it is open; client facing role.