Made in Ullapool
A BRAND new venture run by volunteers and providing a desperately needed outlet for vulnerable people has opened for business in Wester Ross – just in time for Christmas!
The opening of social enterprise Made in Ullapool provides supported employment for a group of adults who would otherwise face lengthy trips to Dingwall or Inverness.
Established in a retail unit in the village's Mill Street, Made in Ullapool's hand-crafted candles have already proved a hit with the local community, with hopes high the business can go on to diversify and flourish.
The group runs supported workshops twice a week at present with the intention of gradually increasing that depending on demand. Overcoming heavy snow fall, Friday's opening went ahead to the skirl of the pipes, courtesy of Nori Gillies, who is from a family of famous pipers.
Councillor Jean Urquhart presided over the event, paying tribute to the support of a number of groups and individuals, including Ullapool High School, Highland Council and the local community.
Deputy chairperson Elspeth Davidson, who is also head of the support for learning department in Ullapool High School, made a presentation to the eight people who have been using the resource and been involved since the inception of the idea. She said they had shown patience, adaptability and commitment.
The Made in Ullapool shop on Mill Street is opposite the Ullapool Health Centre. It will be open six days a week from 10am to 5pm. In the new year, the plan is to branch out to other products.
Anyone wishing to find out more can contact Tony and Lesley (01854 612777), Fiona (01854 613811) or Celia (01854 655305).
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