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Our volunteers have been keeping busy making up emergency home starter packs throughout the pandemic.

Current Covid-19 restrictions and limited storage space mean that we can only receive donations on Wednesday mornings from 10-10.30am and only take certain items at the moment: Kitchen equipment: casserole dishes, saucepans, frying pans, tumblers, cutlery and tea towels. Bedding: double bed linen only please.

We’re delighted to have been awarded a grant of £2,000 from Radio Borders Cash for Kids fund. We will use this to buy new bedding and bath towels for all children included in our referrals this year.

We have received a generous donation of £100 from Widows Sons Scotland East Chapter, who have raised money for three local charities, including Fresh Start Borders.

We are happy to be fully settled into our new premises in Tweed Mills in Dunsdale Road. We received so much support and practical assistance from local organisations and individuals who helped us to fit out the unit and move all our stock across in the New Year; it would have been impossible without you all!

Congratulations to Mrs Jones’ class at Stow Primary School for winning a competition, and thanks to them for donating £30 of their prize shopping vouchers. What thoughtful and generous young people. We used the vouchers to buy items specifically for home starter packs for families with children.

Volunteers making up packs to help Newcastleton residents affected by floods

Our volunteers were busy this morning making up emergency packs for families in Newcastleton who’ve been affected by the floods. We were happy to step up when the local homeless service asked if we could help them out.

St Boswells Golf Club recently encouraged players to donate to Fresh Start if any wayward shots sent their ball out of bounds…. Thanks for the generous cheque!


We’ve been included in the next Co-op Local Community Fund – 27 October 2019 to 24 October 2020.

Every time you buy selected own-brand products and services, 2% of the money you spend goes to local causes in their community.

If you’re not already a Co-op Member you can join online for £1 at and select Fresh Start Borders as your local cause.

Thanks to the Co-op and to you!

We’re thrilled to announce that the Bishop of Edinburgh’s Lent Appeal 2019 raised a whopping £17,752 – giving £8,876 each to Fresh Start Borders and Mercy Ships. Our huge thanks go to all the congregations that donated to the appeal. The money will help us to continue to improve the quality of the home starter packs for local people moving from homelessness into permanent housing.

FatFace Kelso Cheque Presentation

Not only did FatFace Kelso win a nationwide company competition, but they also chose Fresh Start Borders as the local charity to receive the £2000 prize-money!

Congratulations and huge thanks to the team from Kelso who came across to Selkirk to present us with the cheque this week.