An Angus charity is hoping to secure its long-term future after launching a new initiative from its base in the old Ladyloan School in Arbroath.
Starter Packs Angus is to offer a ‘Friends of’ project which will see people become members of the charity for an annual fee, which will hopefully ensure a source of regular income for the organisation.
Starter Packs Angus has been running for 10 years and sees previously homeless families, and individuals who have been offered a tenancy, given the basic essentials to allow them to move into a house where they can live safely.
And over the years it has helped people fleeing from home as a result of domestic abuse, those in financial crisis, people of all ages recovering from drug or alcohol misuse, those seeking political asylum, ex-service personnel attempting to re-enter civilian life and ex-prisoners.
Elisabeth Hill, Starter Packs chairwoman, said: “Our strapline ‘Making your House a Home’ sums up the purpose of Starter Packs Angus.
“The organisation ensures that previously homeless families and individuals who have been offered a tenancy have the basic essentials to allow them to move into a house where they can live safely and purchase a few new goods if necessary.
“A starter pack of crockery, bedding, cutlery, kitchen utensils, cleaning items, curtains and a few small electrical appliances vastly improves the chances of a successful tenancy and plays a large part in stabilising and preventing further serious problems by offering practical support to people who are vulnerable.
“The ability to have somewhere to call home and share it with others has re-engaged many with society who might have otherwise slipped between the cracks.”
And with the service helping more and more people, Mrs Hill explained the need to further develop Starter Packs.
She added: “Now that local authorities are more and more reliant on organisations in the voluntary sector, the need for the service continues to increase.
“Over the last ten years Starter Packs Angus has supplied over 3,000 starter packs and are now busier than ever.
“There is a real need to develop the service in order to meet the increase in requests for packs and a growing need for volunteers.2
Anybody wanting more information about the organisation can contact Starter Packs on 01241 878 588.