Saturday, December 01, 2012
One of the community groups that took part in the Community Fayre a fortnight ago that launched West End Christmas Fortnight was Starter Packs. It is an excellent group doing great work for the homeless and needy across Dundee. Earlier this year, on behalf of Barney's Fund, I was pleased to make a donation towards Starter Packs' work.
Starter Packs has asked that its work is highlighted and details of its aims are below - you can download a leaflet on how you can help Starter Packs here:
STARTER PACKS DUNDEE is a voluntary charity, initiated by Scottish Churches Housing Action in 2000, responding to positively to the problems faced by resettling homeless and needy individuals and families in the Dundee area.
⃰ To assist individuals and families who are unable to provide themselves with basic household goods and bedding as they prepare to take on a tenancy.
⃰ To help such tenants to sustain their tenancies by relieving them of the drain on their resources of providing essential household equipment and bedding.
⃰ To provide churches with the opportunity to make direct response to homelessness and poverty in Dundee by working collaboratively, collecting goods and volunteering to make up starter packs.
⃰ To foster a partnership approach bringing the churches and other agencies together to work alongside the user group and the wider community.
⃰ To raise awareness of the problems needy and homeless people face within the community, being suitably equipped as they take a tenancy, formerly homeless individuals and families are more readily accepted.