Instant Neighbour relies on the kind donations of members of the public to allow us to continue to help those in need living in and around Aberdeen. Without donations, we would be unable to provide our local community with affordable furniture, electrical equipment, and childcare equipment, and we could not operate our food bank.

By donating these items to us, you are directly helping to support some of the poorest and most vulnerable people living in Aberdeen.

Thank you for your generosity.

Free collection available!

We will collect for free most furniture & electrical goods, and large donations of food within Aberdeen City and parts of Aberdeenshire.

Please get in touch if you wish to donate any of the following items to us. You can email or telephone our office on 01224 489955 to arrange a collection (see above for details of what donations we are able to collect). Please also see our Donations Update post on here and on our Facebook page telling you about times/dates and amount of items you are currently able to drop off at our St Machar Drive warehouse.

Furniture, Electrical & Household Items

We are very happy to accept donations of fully-functional and largely undamaged second-hand furniture, electrical, and household items.

Unfortunately, we can only accept items such as sofas, beds, mattresses, and chairs which are upholstered, where they have a fire safety label attached. We are unable to pass on any upholstered items if they do not have this label attached, and it will cost us money to dispose of these items.

We accept:-

  • Beds & mattresses
  • Wardrobes
  • Chests of drawers
  • Bedside Cabinets
  • Bedding
  • Sofas & armchairs
  • Tables & chairs
  • Fridges & freezers
  • Washing machines & tumble dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • Electric cookers
  • Microwaves

and similar items. Please contact us if you have any queries about whether items can be donated.


We gratefully accept donations of non-perishable and tinned foods, such as:-

  • Milk (UHT or Powdered)
  • Sugar (500g)
  • Soup
  • Cereals
  • Teabags & instant coffee
  • Instant Mash Potato
  • Rice & pasta
  • Jar sauces
  • Tinned meat & fish
  • Tinned vegetables & fruit
  • Biscuits & snack bars

All donated food will be used in emergency food parcels for those unable to afford to purchase food. For more information, see our Food Bank page.


We are happy to accept all donations of second-hand clothing. All clothing donated is either made available for purchase by members of the local community at our St Machar Shop, or will be recycled ensuring that the items do not end in landfill sites.

Financial Donation

Like all charities, Instant Neighbour is always grateful for any financial donations which individuals and businesses may wish to make. All financial donations, as with all other donations, will be used to fund the charitable activities we undertake, and to do good for the our local communities.

If you wish to make a financial donation, you can do so online using PaypalJustGiving, Virgin Money, ChariTable Bookings and Easy Fundraising or you can send us a cheque or postal order, you can make a direct BACS transfer, or you can set-up a standing order to make a recurring monthly payment to us. You can also donate by texting INST05 £5 to 70070 through Just Text Giving. If you wish to make a BACS transfer or set-up a standing order, please Contact Us for more information.

Thank you.