Some families find it difficult to meet their basic day to day living requirements for various reasons. This could be because of bereavement, illness, injury or sudden unemployment. Although community services provided by the state will be able to offer some support often there is a gap between when the need occurs and when the these services take effect. A survey by the churches identified an increasing need to be able to respond to short term crisis situations.
The Proposed Scheme
Specifically identified official community organisations will use a voucher scheme to refer individuals or families to the Basics Bank to contact the co-ordinator in Stranraer
Arrangements will be made to supply a bag of non-perishable foodstuff and basic toiletries sufficient to maintain a family for 3 days. This can be collected from an identified point in their community.
Importantly all those who ask for this help will also have the opportunity to talk to someone about their situation, in confidence and will be encouraged to think about themselves in relation to faith and what God’s message could do for them.
It is proposed to have six distribution centres: Drummore, Glenluce, Kirkcolm, Portpatrick, Sandhead and Stranraer.
What Can You Do
Volunteer with collecting, sorting and packing goods.
Volunteer to help with distribution and giving support.
Donate goods for the bags and encourage others to do the same.
Rhins Churches Basics Bank
Dried/UHT milk · Tea Bags · coffee · packets/tins soup · dried pasta · pasta sauces · squosh · fruit juices · tins tomatoes · sugar · tins tuna · sardines · ham · jam · rice · tin fruit · custard · nappies · baby formula · basic toiletries and toilet rolls.