New Laigh Kirk hall, 35 John Finnie St, Kilmarnock KA1 1BL

Fresh Start

Mondays and Wednesdays

9am till 12noon

About Fresh Start

During the Covid Lockdown we began Friendly Fresh Start, a project by which we provide essential household items for people moving from temporary furnished accommodation to a tenancy.

Due to circumstances, many individuals and families find themselves unable to provide even basic items such as cutlery, pots and pans or a kettle. Most of what we provide has been donated by members of local congregations and the general public.

We are always grateful for the following:

· Non-perishable food
· Toiletries, especially men’s essentials
· Any unwanted cutlery, crockery, pots and pans
· Cleaning items, such as surface cleaner, sponges, washing up liquid
· Duvets and pillows (we have plenty sheets and duvet covers)
· Strong carrier bags
· Unfortunately we are unable to accept electrical items, unless they are new.

Please phone or email to arrange a suitable time to drop off your donated supplies.
Sincere thanks for all your support. We could not manage without the generosity of the churches. Churches working together for the benefit of the community.

Want to find out more?


How you can help

All volunteers are given basic training on befriending, and ongoing support and further training opportunities are provided.

If you would like more information on becoming a befriender, or to volunteer at the drop-in, contact Emma or Janice at:

Emma Wylie

(EACHa Project Co-ordinator)

Janice Grant

(EACHa secretary)

Our volunteers

Wish to donate?

If you or your church would like to help, donations of food, toiletries, toys or cash to buy them are always welcome. For further information: Maureen Colvin Tel 01563 537906 or email [email protected]


Some quotes from those who have received packs:

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Community Friends

A befriending service for people at risk of becoming homeless, or who have been homeless and are trying to rebuild their lives.

Available Support

Hygiene and Wellbeing Packs

EACHa provide a hygiene pack to every man, woman and child who presents as homeless in East Ayrshire.

Available Support

Fresh Start

Providing essential household items for people moving from temporary furnished accommodation to a tenancy.

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East Ayrshire Recovery Hub

Recovery groups, activities, and volunteering opportunities within East Ayrshire.