Coronavirus - Basildon CRC Service Update - some good news!
Whilst the Centre is closed for the foreseeable future, I am pleased to advise that BCRC is providing advice and support via telephone, online, WattsApp and Zoom from two hubs organised in my colleagues homes. Many thanks to various organisations who have helped with funding to set this new service up.
If you need advice, support and assistance please do contact Linda or Debbie, especially if you have any benefit or housing related query. If you are able to spread the word we are up and running, please do. If the telephone is engaged and you are able to, please email.
Linda 07762 189698 - email@example.com
Debbie 07526 000430 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Our operating hours are 9.30am until 1pm and then 2pm until 3.30pm weekdays only. Outside of these hours we will be unable to answer calls or emails as we will be carrying out administrative
Kindly note the Centre telephones are not being answered at the moment.
Maggie Viney, Centre Manager - email@example.com
PS We are still desperate for donations to continue our work in the Advice Hubs at colleague's homes and when the Centre is able to reopen. If you can spare a penny or two please, kindly click on the link below. As a charity we can only offer this service as long as we have the funds.
We can now accept on-line donations and if you qualify, you can gift-aid your donation too. Every penny matters!
Not Everyone Knows
You don't necessarily need a set time to get help here with a form,
a claim or advice, Universal Credit, ESA, PIP and AA included. However it is always worth telephoning first, before visiting, to check whether an appointment is advisable especially for forms relating to disability.
Do please spread the word. Our Advisors are fully trained and highly skilled. Do try us and be amazed!
Our doors are open 10.00am until 2.00pm week days - as we get busy and our service is a sit and wait to be seen system, kindly ensure you arrive at the Centre by 12.30pm latest.
A Warm Welcome Guaranteed
Whenever you come into the Centre you are always sure of a warm welcome from Andy our facilities support
Andy is one of our longest serving staff and always has a friendly disposition.
The Centre Management and Trustees are indebted to our team of volunteers who provide hours of help.
Welcome to Patsy and Sue W, both new volunteers who joined the team in late Autumn 2019.
The talent and skills of our volunteers are diverse and we couldn't operate without their support and hours of time.
Big hugs and massive thanks - you know who you are!
In order to purchase a defibrillator and casing, the Centre currently is running a table top sale of items specifically donated for this appeal.
At end of January 2020 we reached over £850.00. Only another £400 to go.
Thank you to all those who have donated and of course to those kind souls who have bought items from the sale.
Our Local - Co-op Store
James, Manager of Co-op at Butneys donating coffee, mince pies, tea bags and a cheque for £250 at Christmas time.
Following a massive refurbishment and enlargement, the Co-operative store at Butneys near the Centre, has now re-opened. The store has a new designated Community Area and James and Dan, the Managers there, are kindly advertising our work in the community and they have a box for long life food donations for our emergency parcel service. Thank you Co-op!
Keep it Clean - Anglian Water
If we put things like fat, oil and grease (FOG) down our sinks, and sanitary waste and wipes (known as unflushables) down the loo, it can block sewer pipes and pumps, flooding homes and gardens and spilling into local rivers and waterways.
Over half of the 40,000 sewer blockages in our region are caused by FOG and unflushables. As a result the Keep it Clear campaign supports residents to reduce these blockages. So far, they’ve dropped by an average of 52%.
The Keep It Clear campaign helps reduce the misery, cost, bad smells and potential flooding and pollution caused by avoidable blockages.
Collect a free sink drainer and plate scraper from the Centre, whilst stock last. Currently awaiting new supplies sorry, watch this space.
Welcome To Our Centre
We provide a range of services for those who are homeless, on low incomes, unwaged, retired or poorly. Increasingly people who require our help are in crisis, impoverished, vulnerable, disenfranchised and often at risk.
We offer support regarding:
We operate a one-off emergency food and toiletry parcel scheme for those in crisis. This service may be accessed by referral only in writing, from any local statutory organisation, charity, agency or philanthropic group. Kindly note we are not a Food Bank and are able to offer help one time only. Thereafter, on production of a referral letter, a voucher for one of the Borough's Food Banks will be issued.
We are grateful to accept food donations from the public but they must be long shelf life only please. Toiletries are also accepted.
We are sorry we are unable to accept fresh food. If you would like to collect suitable items for our food and toiletry scheme kindly refer to the list (click here) and bring them along to the Centre 10.00am - 2.00pm Monday to Friday or for a delivery time outside these hours, please telephone to arrange a suitable time.
Local Support - We Need You!
Coffee and donations from Co-operative store, Butneys, Basildon. Many thanks to James, Dan and all the staff.
Also thank you to Howden's Joinery and Pipe Tech of Burnt Mills who made significant donations in 2018 and 2019..
If you are involved in a local business and want to support a very local good cause please do contact Maggie Viney - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please will you help?
A Financial Reality
Our Annual appeal was despatched March 2019 to over 500 Trusts and Foundations.
A sum of £47900.00 was raised this way. Thank you to all those Trusts that made a donation or arranged a grant. A further appeal will be sent out in spring 2020.
The Centre's funds are being depleted at quite a pace. In order to continue to offer a full range of services, the Centre needs to realise an annual income in excess of £130,000.
Can you help? Please contact the Centre if you wish to make a difference by making a donation - every penny counts!
Alternatively click here to donate electronically or at the top of this page.
Room Hire/Meeting Facilities
The Centre is able to provide two large training rooms or a smaller room that lends itself for meetings of up to 8 people or as a small office space. The Centre can be extremely flexible and both training rooms are also suitable for office space. Our hire charges are extremely competitive.
We have rooms available (with WiFi) for weekday daytime meetings, training and seminars. Telephone or email Maggie Viney on 01268 450040 or email@example.com for availability, facilities and cost.
Due to the increasing demand for private rented property in the Borough, the Centre would be pleased to hear from new potential landlords.
The Centre provides a full referral service for landlords together with advice and guidance concerning housing legislation. We have over 28 years experience of working with landlords and tenants.
Get in touch today to see how we can help fill your vacant property/rooms. Please contact Linda Figg during normal office hours on:
01268 450040/1 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Basildon Community Resource Centre 1 The Gore Basildon SS14 2EA - Charity No: 1082442