Providing practical and emotional support

Providing practical and emotional support


How it all began

Fresh Start began in 1999 when a group of people from Edinburgh’s churches came together to find a way of tackling homelessness. The question was – how to help? The group decided to ask someone who was homeless what they could do for them. Through listening and learning about the challenges faced by being homeless, the Starter Pack Project was launched. Fresh Start has continued to listen and learn from our clients to develop our Services.

What we do

We use three main themes to describe our Services – Provision of Goods; Social & Practical; and Employability. The journey from homelessness to settling into a new tenancy can be a challenging one. We take a rounded approach to supporting our clients by providing household goods, a decorating service, and cooking classes. There is an opportunity to work in our growing spaces, that grow fruit and vegetables, and for those who are unemployed, our Training Initiative offers valuable skills and experience to help get into the workplace.

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