Important shop announcement Week beginning Monday 17th May 2021

Due to being absolutely inundated with donations, which is fantastic, we are unfortunately going to have to request that only two bags per person be dropped off at any one time on our specified donation days from Monday the 17th May and until further notice.

We are so grateful for all your continued support and donations but due to covid and government guidelines over the 72 hours quarantine times for donated items we simply do not have the storage space at the moment. We will keep you updated over when things begin to ease but until then we thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

As a reminder, donation days are Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 2pm – Please do not leave donations outside our shop out with these days/times.



Our Aboyne shop will reopen on Tuesday 11th May at 10am.
Our Alford shop will reopen 3 weeks later on Tuesday 1st June at 10am.

Once again we ask our customers to adhere to social distancing, wear facemasks and sanitise hands upon entering. We can allow no more than 4 customers in at any one time. Donations will only be accepted on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 2pm. We kindly request that if you are donating a large quantity of items, please call ahead first on 01339887290 (Aboyne shop) or 01975562398 (Alford shop).

We cannot wait to warmly welcome you all back.


Home-Start Deeside, Alford & Strathdon
Unit 2
Charleston Road
Aboyne,  AB34 5HN

Open Tuesday through until Saturday

10am until 4pm

Tel:  013398 87290

Home-Start Deeside, Alford & Strathdon
59 Main Street
AB33 8PX

Open Tuesday through until Saturday

10am until 4pm

Tel:  019755 62398


About our Shops

Our Shops based in the heart of Aboyne and now Alford have a friendly volunteer team who run both of the shops.

All the money raised at the shops goes towards helping families within the local area.

Free on-street parking is available at the front of both of our shops and for free in the local village car parks.

We are able to accept cash and debit card payments within our shops.
And we will refund any items within 14 days of purchase as long as a valid receipt is provided.

We will hold items for customers for a maximum of 24 hours.

How Can I Donate To The Charity Shops?


Bring your items to the shops during opening hours. One of our helpful volunteers will take your items into our store room for sorting.  We ask that you don’t leave any donation items unattended at our shop fronts or office front door.

If you are a UK taxpayer, you may be asked if you want to Gift Aid your donation: this means that the charity can receive an extra 25p from the Government, for every £1 they raise from selling your goods.

Our volunteers simply take a few details from yourself and then issue you with a handy little card that you can place into your purse/wallet for future use.

Even items of clothing or materials that are past their best can be taken to the shop.  Just mark them as ‘rag’ and we can send them away to be recycled raising more money for us.

Here are a few things to think about when donating items to our shops

  • Charity shops work because they can sell items with a second life. Please check your donations are both clean and functional e.g. tears or broken zips on clothes – missing chapters in books!
  • You are helping a good cause AND the environment – re-use is even better than recycling.
  • The best way to donate is to take items directly to your local charity shop.
  • If you have more specialist items, for example, electrical goods or furniture, it is best to check that the charity shop can accept these items for re-sale before donating.
  • If you are not sure whether your clothes can be re-sold – donate them anyway – whatever clothes a charity shop can’t sell they can send off for further re-use or recycling!

What items will the shop accept?

We sell a wide range of goods, including accessories, bags, books, clothing, crockery, games, films, jewellery, music, ornaments, paintings, shoes, toys and small electrical items like lamps, hairdryers etc. More unusual items such as sports equipment, musical instruments and home furnishings, will also be welcomed.  We are not able to take large items of furniture, or large electrical goods.

When taking items to the shop please consider “would someone else want this?”. If items are broken or those missing parts we will not be able to resell them. However, all clothing – even if it’s not in fashion or has a tear or hole – can be used to raise vital funds for our charity.   Any items of clothing/material that we are unable to resell is then sold on to be recycled raising more funds for us.

If you are in doubt please just give us a call on 013398 87290