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Fresh Start

Fresh Start is a  charity, which was started in the year 2000 by a group of Edinburgh Churches,  it provides new tenants who have been homeless with basic ‘Starter Packs’ of essential household items.

Every month we collect reusable household items such as crockery, pots and pans, cutlery, cleaning materials and bedding.

Not only are we helping the homeless but we are maintaining our Eco congregation status by reducing the tonnes of waste sent to landfill every year.


Fresh Start Appeal

Last year we were able to distribute 11,221 starter packs to people who had just moved in to their new tenancy. We would love to be able to distribute even more this year, and so our appeal this month is for food for these packs. The items we include in the packs are listed below:

  • Tea towels
  • Mugs
  • Tumbler glasses
  • Dusters
  • Dish cloths
  • Light bulbs (preferably bayonet caps)
  • J-clothes
  • Scourers, sponges and dish cloths
  • Single duvet covers and sheets
  • Curtains
  • Dinner plates
  • Kettles
  • Irons
  • Toasters
  • Small electrical equipment

Current appeal

Yellow dusters and tins of tuna and meat eg meatballs etc. If you can help please leave at
back of church. Thank you for your help and support.


To continue to provide these services we are in need of a few items for our Starter Packs. Please share this list with family and friends and help us to restock our shelves to help people set up their homes.  If you’re looking for somewhere to volunteer a few hours of your week then look no further! If you have green fingers and would like to share your skills with people resettling in the community after homelessness, then get in touch with us at – we are always looking for volunteers for our Growing Spaces in Polwarth and Craigmillar!

Donations of any of the above items may be left at the back of church.

Volunteers have been working extremely hard recently painting people’s homes. With the service being in such high demand we are on the lookout for more volunteers. Volunteers for the Hit Squad service would need to be able to give one day (9am – 3pm) a month to the service, and would be fully trained.

Visit Fresh Start Volunteering

Contact: Patricia Cairns 447 2026


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