THE Camrose Centre has been running since January 2008 and was originally initiated by a group of local volunteers who had recognised an increasing issue within the town concerning vulnerable, isolated and homeless people.

Basingstoke Voluntary Action stepped in to ensure the work could continue and develop in 2012.

Camrose currently operates in the Glebe Hall attached to St Michaels Church in Basingstoke town centre and is open from 10am to 2pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, providing a continuous self-service breakfast and a hot lunch.

The service that organisation can presently deliver is limited and so there is an urgent need to relocate to a more suitable building to enable a more comprehensive service to be delivered to our clients, including vocational training to help them achieve a more independent lifestyle.

Food, clothing or financial donations as always are most welcome.

Other agencies and organisations who support clients provide advice on: housing, legal matters, mental health, primary healthcare, substance abuse, relationships, sexual health, children, benefits, domestic violence, education, emotional struggles, employment, financial and other general issues

The centre could not run without its team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers.

If you have specific skills that might benefit our clients such as cooking, hairdressing, gardening, etc. or are simply willing to sit and chat with our clients over a cup of tea and do a bit of washing up, then we would love to hear from you.

We are also grateful for anyone willing to support us in this way with fundraising.

If you have an idea, we would be delighted to hear from you, so please contact 01256 327858 or via

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