The Basic Idea

The Basic Idea project was inspired by the credit crunch and the knowledge that many of our neighbours around us are experiencing difficult financial transitions, through job loss, relationship breakdown or a break in, or change to, welfare benefit entitlement.

Established in 2009, we are now working with around 10 referral agencies and have been able to assist over 700 families in need. Between 7 and 10 referrals are made to the project each week and we are able to provide some fresh fruit and bread with the tinned and packet food. There has also been a need for nappies which we are providing whenever possible.

If I am in critical need, how do I access ‘The Basic Idea’ food bank?

Firstly, you need to be resident in the Belper area and accessing one of the social support agencies operating within the town.  The agency will assess your need and will make the decision whether or not to refer you to the scheme – within a general set of criteria agreed between Hope for Belper and the referring agency, the decision to refer or not is entirely in the hands of the referring agencies:

  • Job Centre
  • Citizens Advice
  • Amber Trust Mental Health Team
  • Multi-Agency Team
  • Health Visitors
  • Derbyshire Community Health Team
  • Christians Against Poverty
  • Derbyshire Directions
  • Derbyshire Substance Misuse Service

NOTE: If you live outside the Belper area you can get contact details of other local food banks on the Advice Derbyshire website

This is what one of the agencies has said about The Basic Idea:

‘The service we receive from ‘The Basic Idea’ is vital as many families are in crisis when they need our help and are often reluctant or too proud to ask. Hope has been a lifeline to us, no matter how late in the day we ring they never turn a family down. There is not another service like this one, and our families would really struggle without you.’

How does the project work, and how can I help?

• You buy an extra item when you go shopping
• You then drop it in any of the collection bins around town
• Bin contents are delivered to the central store monthly
• Items are sorted and packed in to boxes weekly
• Referrals are received and passed on to deliverers
• Three days’ worth of food and household items are delivered to an individual, couple or family in acute financial need.

Where can I find collection bins?

  • COOP Whitemoor Lane during normal store opening hours
  • COOP Strutt Street during normal store opening hours
  • St Peter’s (Chesterfield Rd) is open 10am to 12pm Tuesday to Friday St Swithun’s (Holbrook Rd) is open 10am to 11am Sundays and from 10am to 12pm Thursdays in term time only
  • Christ Church (on the triangle) is open 7 days a week
  • The Central Methodist Church (opposite the bus station) is open for Sunday Worship
  • The Baptist Church (near the library) is open for Sunday worship
  • St Marks (Openwoodgate) is open for Sunday worship
  • Our Lady’s Catholic Church (Gibfield Lane) is open for Sunday Worship
  • Congregational Church (off Church Walk)

We now have a standarised shopping list, as donating these items makes it much easier to pack the boxes and provide balanced meals:

Tinned potatoes or packet mash / Tinned Macaroni Cheese / Tinned Carrots / Tinned Garden Peas / Tinned Sweetcorn / Tinned Green Beans / Tinned Bolognaise / Tinned Ravioli / Tinned Chili / Tinned Pies  Rice / Tinned Curry (mild or medium) / Sponge Pudding / Tinned meatballs / Tinned Fruit Cocktail / Rice Pudding / Biscuits / Custard / Coffee / Cereal / Sugar / Milk / Tea / Soap / Deodorant / Shower Gel  / Toothpaste / Toothbrushes / Two pack toilet rolls

Thanks again to all those who support this vital work in any way.

To make general enquiries or ask about volunteering email putting The Basic Idea in your email title bar – IMPORTANT: YOU CANNOT ACCESS THE SERVICE USING THIS EMAIL ADDRESS