Starter Packs Angus
Starter Packs Angus was established by Scottish Churches Housing Action, Angus Council and local churches in 2002. It provides packs of household items to new tenants who are not able to buy the basic household items for themselves across Angus. Tenants include previously or potentially homeless individuals and families, women and children who have experienced domestic violence and young people moving out of care and into a tenancy of their own.
The packs include cutlery, crockery, curtains, light bulbs, bedding, kitchen utensils and, where donations allow, small electrical items such as a toaster, kettle etc toilet rolls and brushes together with cleaning supplies and a modest range of personal care items. The packs are tailored to fit the needs of a family taking account of the age and gender of children and also include a few age-related toys and books.
In many cases Starter Packs' intervention is an important factor in whether families can remain together or whether children may have to go into the care of the local authority.
Local people regularly donate items to be included in starter pack. Where donations cannot be added to packs, the group puts the goods into a small shop which has become a popular destination with locals and visitors alike.