Fresh Start

Do you like good food and great company? Our cooking courses are free, run regularly and are open to adults aged 16+. Come and join our four week cooking course to gain confidence making simple meals from fresh ingredients or sign up to one of our eight week cook clubs or supper clubs. Enjoy making new friends and sharing good food with others. 

Do you enjoy being outside? Are you keen to learn new skills? Why not become part of our friendly and supportive gardening team? Learn to grow and enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables as a garden volunteer.

Do you need help to decorate your tenancy? Have you recently been rehoused following a period of homelessness? We can provide paint and a team of volunteers to work alongside you to decorate 2 rooms in your new home. Ask your support worker to refer you for a hit squad. 

Starter packs provide new tenants with supplies to help them settle into a new home. This can include things like small household items, electrical appliances and food. These packs can be accessed through the Gateway service. 

Are you looking to gain confidence and practical experience to get back into work? Our Jump Start training programme can give you work experience and a SQA accredited qualification to help you back into the work place.

For more information about any of our services for you or someone you support, please contact us on 0131 476 7741 or email us on

Service Categories


Intended Client Groups:

  • Black and Minority Ethnic
  • Homeless People
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender
  • Men
  • Older People
  • Survivors of Abuse
  • Women
  • Young People


This service is available to residents of all parts of Edinburgh

Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

Our services are available to adults 16 years+ living in Edinburgh.


Self Referral

This service accepts direct self referrals.

Agency Referral

Referrals can be made by a support worker on behalf of an individual for all of our services.
The Hit Squad service is by telephone referral only
Starter pack referrals can be made via the Gateway project: 0131 561 8903
Self-referrals can be made by an individual for our gardening, cooking and Jump Start services only.

For more information or to refer, please contact 0131 476 7741

Contact Info. & Provider's Address


22-24 Ferry Road
EH24 4BR

Service Hours

-Our services run Monday – Thursday within normal business hours with the exception of our mid-week evening Supper Clubs.-

Provider Contact

Tel: 0131 476 7741

Facilities & Access

This service has the following facilities:

  • Public Parking
    On street parking is available but is very limited. It is recommended to use other methods of public transport where possible.
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Warehouse (Starter Packs) & Training: 22 – 24 Ferry Road Drive, EH4 4BR For cooking, gardening and hit squads: 1 Harrison Place, EH11 1SF
  • Creche facilities are not available at this location.

Provider's Name: Fresh Start

Type: Charity/Voluntary

Fresh Start helps people make a home for themselves. Our project delivers a range of services offering both practical and social support to help people build confidence, skills and feel more settled within their communities.

Services run by this provider

Provider Contact

Tel: 0131 476 7741

Service Hours

Our services run Monday – Thursday within normal business hours with the exception of our mid-week evening Supper Clubs.

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