Donations

If you would like to donate to The Camrose Centre, there are a range of items we find most useful. Please contact us for more information to arrange a drop off if you can help.

Food

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
  • Cup-a-Soups
  • Canned drinks, small juice cartons and bottled water

Meat

We welcome and meats that we can freeze and use in the hot meals we provide during drop-in sessions such as:

  • Chicken portions
  • Mince
  • Sausages

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 welcome cash donations to help run the centre, and you can donate online, or set up your own fundraising page:

Clothing

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 male, slim (we very rarely need anything larger than a 32″ waist) and young. 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

Camping Gear

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
  • Tents
  • Rucksacks
  • 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.