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HomeAid Caithness


For People Not Profit - Supporting the Community - Benefiting the Environment


HomeAid was brought into existence in November 1996 as a result of an identified need for practical support for low-income groups and an obvious lack of local provision in the Caithness and Sunderland area.  Ordinary members of the community set up the service.  This service provision was innovative for the area and is now well established and fits the needs of disadvantaged and marginalised members of the community.


HomeAid Caithness is an independent community group.  The organisation recycles/reuses good quality household items donated by the general pubic and local business for the benefit of low-income and disadvantaged groups.  HomeAid Caithness provides furniture, appliances and other household items to tenants who, through poverty, cannot afford to furnish their homes or replace items which are no longer in working order.


The aim of HomeAid Caithness is to alleviate poverty not exacerbate it.


HomeAid Strives To:


  • Improve the living conditions and quality of life of low-income and disadvantaged groups in Caithness and Sutherland.
  • Offer real and continuing opportunities for personal development by providing an environment in which individuals can build self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Advance education amongst-low income and disadvantaged groups by promoting and increasing opportunities for accredited training and skills acquisition with the objective of increasing life chances.

HomeAid - Supporting the Community



  • Offers an environmentally friendly alternative to normal disposal routes to businesses and householders which can reduce disposal costs.
  • HomeAid delivers essential household items to several hundred low-income households every year directly helping thousands of men, women and children.
  • Will deliver an estimated 3,000 household items to people in need this year.
  • Offers many volunteering and training placements within the organisation.
  • Works closely with the Criminal Justice Service who assists in collecting donated items in the Wick area.  HomeAid also offer placements to offenders who have been given a community service order.

HomeAid has development plans to increase the numbers of people they can assist but need to secure funding to realise these development plans.


HomeAid - Benefiting the Environment


HomeAid is mainly a reuse project.  Members of the public and businesses with unwanted, but good quality, furniture and electrical items, etc can arrange for a free uplift from HomeAid.


  • HomeAid's work is a simple and effective way of benefiting the environment whilst supporting the most vulnerable members of local communities.
  • HomeAid will divert an estimated 70 - 80 tonnes of household goods away from landfill this year.
  • HomeAid estimates that it has diverted around 10,000 items of furniture and domestic appliances away from landfill since 1996.
  • Donating to HomeAid is a positive alternative to landfill.

For further information, contact:
HomeAid Caithness
Unit 6A, Ormlie Industrial Estate
KW14 7QU
Tel/Fax: 01847 890 696

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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210