Aylesbury Vineyard Storehouse has been helping people in need since 1998.
From humble beginnings in a garage in Aston Clinton, we moved to a rented shop in Walton Court in 2002 and then an industrial unit in Osier Way in 2004, as the project grew.
In 2011, we moved into The Vineyard Centre, where over 7,000 square feet — one-third of the building — is dedicated to compassion initiatives.
In 2016, we upgraded the facilities to offer our clients enhanced dignity and comfort, including new café and reception areas and additional square footage for furniture, clothing and food.
We currently open to clients two days a week; however, special appointments are made for agencies and in exceptional circumstances. Emergency food parcels can also be provided at other times. As resources permit, we would love to open more days a week, including at the weekend.
We provide furniture, household goods, childrens' clothing, child and baby equipment and emergency food parcels, free of charge, to those in crisis situations and financial hardship. We aim to provide essentials to help with the immediate need.
We serve meals to various groups that are struggling financially so they can enjoy safe social interaction, with wholesome, healthy food.
In partnership with Aylesbury Vineyard Church, we offer additional groups and events aiming to build and encourage ongoing relationships within the community. These include small groups, women’s groups, family events and a group for pre-school children and their parents.
We give away free clothing for children (including school uniform). We have an initiative called Growbaby which runs in conjunction with Storehouse and provides clothes and equipment for young families struggling to provide for their children (aged 0–4).
Our food bank is supported by the Vineyard Church congregation, other churches around the Vale, local supermarkets, schools donating their Harvest Festival collections and various local organisations that have collection points in their offices.
Storehouse accepts and recycles to clients a variety of furniture including beds, chairs, dining tables, wardrobes and sofas. We provide a free collection and delivery service within a 15 mile radius.
Towels, bedding, lighting fixtures, kitchenware, crockery, cutlery and electrical goods are just some of the household goods we provide. All our electrical goods are tested in-house.
**Please note that Saturday Storehouse exclusively serves families with children, and unaccompanied women. Saturday Storehouse requires a referral from a local agency, social worker, healthcare professional, minister of religion, or the like.
*Tuesday Storehouse is available to all other clients (with or without a referral).
With effect from Monday 3 June 2019 Storehouse will operate on a referral-only basis. Prospective clients will need to be referred by a someone from a recognised profession (such as a doctor, social worker, housing association staff, etc.) who is familiar with the client’s circumstances. We will not accept self-referrals.
Storehouse receives lots of calls, so we may not always be able to speak to you straight away. If so, please leave us a voicemail with your name, number and a short message and we will return your call as soon as we can.
In an emergency, please contact the Church Office.
Amongst the goods that Storehouse provides are towels and bedding, lighting fixtures and fittings, kitchenware, crockery and cutlery, electrical goods (all of which are tested in-house) and baby equipment. We hold a range of good quality, second-hand childrens' clothing (from small babies to age 10), including school uniforms.
For larger items of furniture we also provide a collection and delivery service within 10 miles of Aylesbury by prior arrangement.
Items we currently need:
If you’re looking for guidance on what to give to Storehouse, please consider giving some of the following. They can be donated to Storehouse at the times above or brought to the Service on Sunday morning and left by the Storehouse banner in the Auditorium.
Please do not bring any more clothes for the moment, as we’re currently unable to take them. Please note that we no longer take adult clothing.
There are certain items we’re unable to provide or accept, so please check with us beforehand. Examples include: books, child car seats, computers, large wardrobes, small toys, large TVs, washing machines, dishwashers, electrical cookers and gas appliances.
Please note that donated furniture needs to comply with current fire retardant regulations.
If you would like to donate non-perishable foods or toiletries on a Sunday morning, there is a drop-off point in the main Auditorium next to the Storehouse banner by the stage.
Please note that we are not able to see clients on Sunday mornings.
If you’d like to volunteer to help in Storehouse, please contact the Church Office.