Fresh Start ‘helping people make a home for themselves’

Strathmore Edinburgh Charity Fresh Start

Towards the end of last year some of the Strathmore team visited the Edinburgh based charity Fresh Start. Our team saw first-hand the brilliant work they do within the local community and we look forward to supporting them over the coming year with our first Starter Pack collection day arranged for January 25th.

Strathmore Edinburgh Charity Fresh Start

Jen McQuistan from the Fresh Start team has very kindly written a guest blog to tell us a little more about them and the work they do:

“A home is somewhere where we feel safe, secure, warm and loved. However, for many, a wrong choice, bad experience, bereavement, or relationship breakdown can result in the loss of their home. Homelessness can mean sleeping on a friend’s sofa, staying in a homeless B&B or hostel or in the worst scenario – sleeping rough on the streets. This can have a devastating effect and lead to feelings of isolation and despair.

Being offered a new home is a lifeline, a chance to make a ‘fresh start’. However, being given a tenancy is only a first step, what next? Being homeless means you have nothing, and imagine moving into a new flat or house with nothing. You have no cups, cutlery, kettle, cooker, towels, duvet, sheets – nothing. Furnishing a house and making it a home when you have nothing is an overwhelming prospect.

This is where Fresh Start steps in; we are a small, Edinburgh based charity and our mission Statement is ‘helping people make a home for themselves’. One of the ways that we do that is by providing goods in the form of Starter Packs of everyday household items such as mugs, cutlery, curtains, cleaning products – all the small things that are so important. These Starter Packs help people in the initial stages of their new tenancy, to lessen the financial burden and stress involved in setting up a home. We also provide Hit Squads to help decorate up to two rooms, turning an empty shell into a real home. Through our cooking classes and our Growing Spaces, we provide opportunities for people to learn new skills, build confidence and self-esteem. Finally, our Training Initiative provides those who are unemployed with skills, experience and qualification to get back into the workplace.

Strathmore Edinburgh Charity Fresh Start

Through your help and the support of businesses like Strathmore, Fresh Start can make a real difference to someone’s life, helping them settle in their home and gain the skills and confidence they need to feel part of a community again and move forward with their lives.

Jen, Fresh Start”

Strathmore Rebranded

After a busy few months at Strathmore HQ we are excited to officially announce that we have rebranded for 2018!

Strathmore first opened its doors back in 2009 and now, almost 9 years and a further 3 buildings later, we felt it was time to ‘spruce’ up the Strathmore brand and refresh our image.

The fantastic team at Mywebcare not only developed our new website but cleverly tied the old in with the new to create fresh new branding which we look forward to rolling out further over the coming weeks. You may have already spotted the new external signage at Hopetoun Gate and Scott House and we hope to have George Street and York Place completed in the next few weeks. Please do follow us on Twitter to keep an eye on what we are up to and please also let us know what you think. We would love to hear your feedback.

With that said the Strathmore Team is ready to face the New Year and the new challenges it might bring.

One of these challenges will be the very first Strathmore blog which we will be using to share news about up and coming networking and charity events, to introduce our team and of course spread the word about our services. However, we don’t want this to be just about us. We would also like the blog to be a platform for our tenants and associates, allowing you to share your company news, promote your expertise and so on.

If you would like to contribute a guest blog along the way please don’t hesitate to contact

To celebrate our little make over we will be hosting a week of giveaways on social media for our clients (week beginning January 8th). We will have a selection of vouchers and sweet treats to give away over the course of the week so make sure you are following us on Twitter for updates and a chance to win a prize.

We look forward to 2018 and working with you all this year!

The Strathmore Team