Fresh Rooms

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Being given the keys for a new tenancy after being homeless can seem like a dream come true. But sometimes the dream can fade at the first sight of a flat with stained walls, flaking paint and bare floorboards. This is where Fresh Start’s Hit Squads can help. The Hit Squads are teams of volunteers who will work alongside new tenants in their home to decorate up to two rooms. If you think you can help, then please get in touch with either Chloe (07387 141060) or Sylvia (07955 315340) at Fresh Start.

Organisation aims and objectives

Fresh start runs a service for people who have experienced homelessness and have recently been offered a tenancy of their own. With the assistance of volunteers, Fresh Start offers both practical and emotional support through a variety of integrated services that are intended to help people manage the transition to independent living and to prevent the cyclical nature of homelessness.










Our service runs Monday to Friday all year round - with the exception of Christmas holidays. Each volunteering session would last approx. 7hours from 9am - 4pm. We require a minimum volunteering commitment of once per month for 6 months.


Experience required: A basic knowledge of painting is desirable, however having a practical, enthusiastic approach with a willingness to get 'stuck in as part of a team and get your hands dirty' is needed. Having a non-judgemental attitude to homelessness and people with additional needs is essential. Volunteers must be 18 years or older for this service.
Travel details: The project runs from our Ferry Road Drive Hub, the work takes place in client homes throughout the City of Edinburgh.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Public transport rates can be reimbursed.
Training details: Training including essential health& safety procedures will be provided to prepare you for the role, along with the opportunity to shadow experienced volunteers on the job. Included within the training will be information regarding working within agreed boundaries and client confidentiality.