Essential goods for those starting out

Essential goods for those starting out

Starter Packs

Imagine being homeless and losing all of your possessions. You could be sleeping on a friend’s sofa, living in a hostel, or on the streets. You’ve not only lost your material possessions but any hope for the future. Then you are offered the tenancy of a flat, a glimmer of hope, an opportunity to start again. But you have nothing - where do you begin?

Fresh Start can help by providing our Starter Packs, basic essential household goods to help set up and sustain your new home. There are 10 packs in total that we can provide: -

Cleaning products; crockery and cutlery; curtains; food; pots; kitchen utensils; single or double bedding; small electrical appliances; toiletries and towels

We are delighted to be accepting donations again!

The warehouse will be open Monday - Thursday from 9-4pm but remain closed on a Friday for the time being.

We will not be accepting donations on Fridays and donations for starter packs will not be accepted in the Pantry.

Please note, we are closed on Thursday, 10th March for donations due to staff training. The office remains open and can be reached via email or telephone.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Please only donate items that we can use in our packs, as we are unable to accept other items and it then costs us money to dispose of goods we cannot use.

Please note, we no longer accept duvets or pillows.

Please adhere to social distancing when dropping off goods and wear a face covering (unless exempt).

Fresh Start are unable to accept or offer items of furniture, however, we work in partnership with the Bethany Gateway Project, who can help with these items. If you have just moved into your tenancy, ask your Housing Officer to complete their referral form here and send it directly to them. You can also apply for our Starter Packs using this form and sending it to the Gateway Project. If you have any questions for the Project, please contact them on 0131 561 8903. The Bethany Gateway Project also accepts donations of furniture items.