Homing in on the homeless

Fresh Start Borders volunteer Chris Sharpe gathering items to made up a starter pack.
Fresh Start Borders volunteer Chris Sharpe gathering items to made up a starter pack.
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Fresh Start Borders is a local charity which helps people who may have been homeless or had other difficulties the chance to start a home in their first permanent tenancy.

John McLaren, committee member with the charity, explained to Galashiels Rotarians how it worked.

Fresh Start is connected with the Council of Churches and all workers are volunteers. It relies on funding from various sources, including Awards for All, banks and Scottish Borders Council.

Clients are referred by housing associations, NHS, Penumbra and others. They are given starter packs of basic household essentials as they move into their new homes, providing families and individuals a helping hand until they can afford to equip their property themselves.

The charity expected to give out 400 packs this year, mostly to people in the 16-24 age group.

While Fresh Start provides new items in many cases, it also appreciate donations of dishes, kitchen utensils etc.

The photograph shows Fresh Start volunteer Chris Sharpe gathering items to made up a starter pack.