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Eildon staff ‘measure up’ to give helping hand to local charity

Fresh Start Borders helps people in the Scottish Borders who have been homeless and are moving into their first permanent tenancy.

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Four Eildon staff recently gave their time to local Selkirk charity Fresh Start Borders. The association supports a voluntary programme called ‘Eildon Makes a Difference’ which allows staff to take up to a full day’s work once a year to help local initiatives.

Fresh Start Borders helps people in the Scottish Borders who have been homeless, and are moving into their first permanent tenancy, by providing starter packs of basic household essentials to clients as they move into their new homes. The organisation gives families who maybe have no possessions a hand until they can afford to equip their homes themselves.

Irene McFadzen, Co-ordinator of Fresh Start Borders, said, on this occasion, they needed particular help with sorting out all the different sets of curtains that had been kindly donated to the charity. This involved the Eildon staff measuring, packing and clearly labelling the curtains to help them with future distribution.

Ms McFadzen said: “The starter packs contain essential household items, such as curtains, bedding, kitchen equipment and cleaning materials, and these packs are distributed across the Borders by agencies such as Scottish Borders Council Homelessness Service, local housing associations like Eildon and other charities.

“On behalf of Fresh Start Borders, I want to convey a huge thank you to the four Eildon staff members who created order out of chaos in our curtain department. The bigger the pile of curtains became, the more it had been left for another day so we really appreciate the difference they have made.”