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Made in Tain
Made in Tain is a social enterprise which sells cosmetics and crafts, handmade by local young people, celebrated its second anniversary as a registered charity.
Made in Tain, which helps young people with additional needs from Easter Ross and Sutherland gain work experience and life skills, is now looking to expand by finding new, more accessible and visible premises on the town’s High Street.
The organisation originated in 2011 as a soap making enterprise at Tain’s St Duthus School and secured its charitable status in November 2012, shortly after winning an award with the Social Enterprise Academy’s Social Enterprise in Schools initiative.
In just three years it has grown into a successful social business with a team of three full-time staff and eight volunteers, its own premises in Bank Street and a legacy of supporting over 28 young people in building confidence and employability skills.
Trustee Jan MacLellan, who set it up while working as a teacher at St Duthus School, said: “After leaving school, many young people who have additional support needs or who struggled to engage with the schooling system can find themselves feeling socially isolated, depressed and disconnected from the wider community.”
Made in Tain helps to address this by giving young people the chance to gain work experience and new skills in a supportive environment. This in turn helps them to build confidence and self-esteem.
They work with the Highland Council, which provides funding for salary costs, and other support agencies to identify young people from the local area who might benefit from a placement at Made in Tain. Each placement is tailored to the young person’s needs, focusing on what they can do – not what they can’t do.
 “We often see our young people wear their Made in Tain branded sweatshirts with pride even when they aren’t working, and so many of them have been able to build new networks within the community simply by taking part in day to day activities such as serving customers and going out to the shops at lunchtime”.
“We really couldn’t have done it without the amazing support provided by our volunteers. There is so much talent on our doorsteps, with so many people sharing sewing, art and craft and social skills with the team.”
Their focus is to build on long-term sustainability and growth. Made in Tain are also ambitious to secure new premises without stairs so we can cater for the needs of even more young people.
Made in Tain is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm, and Saturday 11am to 2pm.
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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210