Update – Due to COVID-19 and storage restrictions the types of items that we can accept is currently very limited. Until further notice we are unable to accept donations of used clothing and can only accept food items from the ‘Food packs for rough sleepers’ section. Thank-you for your understanding in these challenging times!
If you would like to donate to The Camrose Centre there is a range of items that we find most useful. Please contact us for more information to arrange a drop off if you can help.
As you would expect, we get through a lot of food. The things that we need most fall broadly into four categories:
Food Packs for Rough Sleepers
Food that can be eaten with little or no preparation. Good options include:
- Tins (with ring-pulls!) of soup, baked beans, beans and sausages, spaghetti, stew, chilli con carne, fruit, etc.
- Individually wrapped biscuits (Kit-Kats, Penguins, etc.) and cereal bars
- Crisps, nuts, Pepperoni and similar snacks
- Any sort of Pot Noodles, instant noodles or similar
- Canned drinks, small juice cartons and bottled water
We welcome any meats that we can freeze and use in the hot meals we provide during drop-in sessions:
- Chicken portions
Store Cupboard Supplies for Hot Meals
- Fresh and canned vegetables
- Rice, pasta and instant mashed potato
- Cook-in sauces and Pasta Sauces
- Salt, pepper, herbs and spices
- Canned fruit, custard, rice pudding, etc. that can be used in desserts
Breakfast Bar items
- Packets of cereal
- Hot drinks – Tea bags, instant coffee, hot chocolate powder, sugar (and biscuits to go with them)
- UHT milk
- Cold drinks – long-life fruit juice and squash
- Things to go on toast – Jam, marmalade, Marmite, etc.
We’re always in need of clothing – it’s impossible for the homeless to launder clothes in Basingstoke, so there is a constant demand for casual clothing. Please bear in mind that the majority of our clients are young, male and slim (we very rarely need anything larger than a 32″ waist). Even if you’re homeless you’ll still want to dress appropriately for your age, so unfortunately there isn’t much demand for button-up shirts and smart trousers!
- Jeans – Ideally in a 32″ waist or occasionally 34″ – very few of our clients are any larger than this
- Jogging bottoms – in sizes Small/Medium/Large
- Coats – pretty much anything waterproof is good
- Trainers and Boots – Ideally in size 8/9/10, which covers most of our clients
As you would imagine, there is a constant demand for camping gear from clients that don’t have a roof over their heads. We can always use:
- Sleeping bags and ground mats
- Thermos flasks
Our aim is to promote fulfilling lifestyles, emotional wellbeing and support long-term changes for those experiencing the effects of homelessness, mental and physical ill-health, poverty, substance misuse, domestic violence, unemployment, exploitation and social isolation.