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 – no pots & pans, no cutlery, no bedding, no towels – the list seems endless. 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 ten Packs in total, and they contain:
Cleaning products; crockery and cutlery; curtains; food; pots; kitchen utensils; single or double bedding; small electrical appliances; toiletries and towels
If you can donate to our Starter Pack Service - here is a list of items we need Starter Packs Leaflet
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 Bethsany Gateway Project also accepts donations of furniture items.
To learn more about this work, please view our short film here.