New Start Highland - Fort William
Established in 2000, New Start Highland is a local charity which works with a range of support agencies to identify people who are going through a period of hardship and need some help to furnish their home. We receive referrals from housing officers, health workers, social workers, occupational therapists, community psychiatric nurses, the Citizen's Advice Bureau and other charities such as Women's Aid, Lochaber Lifestyles, Action for Children, Crossroads and the Shirlie Project, to name just a few.
We then put together and deliver packages of furniture such as sofas, beds, wardrobes, chests of drawers, tables and chairs, as well as basic household items like crockery, pans, kitchen utensils, curtains and bedding. We are often able to donate white goods and other electrical items like kettles, microwaves, vacuum cleaners and lamps too. All of these things help to make a house a home and providing them free of charge to families and individuals in need helps to ease the stress when they might already choosing between paying an urgent bill or buying food. Even a small donation can make a big difference.
You don't have to be referred to us by one of these agencies to receive assistance with furnishing your home. You can also refer yourself by speaking to a member of our team about your circumstances. If you have any questions about the help we can provide, please give our team a call on 01463 715 615.
Of course, we couldn't do this without all the generous donations we receive from members of the public, so thank you all very much!
We also have a small chain of shops in Fort William, Inverness and Invergordon which sell surplus items to raise money for the charity and also to raise awareness of the work we do throughout the Highlands. These shops are open to everyone and sell a wide range of stock, including brand new white goods and other electricals alongside previously owned furniture, ornaments, curtains, books, lamps, bikes, rugs, bed linen, pictures, crockery, glassware and much more. Please come in and have a look around! We'd love to see you.
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