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The Makers Gallery & Bistro

The Makers Gallery & Bistro is a social enterprise, based in Alloa, providing employability training and personal development opportunities for unemployed people experiencing barriers to employment. This includes structured skill development, real on the job training activities, work placements and individual support. All profits are gifted to parent company ‘Reachout With Arts In Mind’.
Reachout developed a five year employability programme to support adults in Forth Valley experiencing mental health issues and barriers to employment.  The programme supports 40 individuals each year providing training and hands-on experience in catering, hospitality, retail, administration, social media and event planning.
Its key principles are:
·         Education, progression & employability
·         Helping people into work
·         Improving health & wellbeing to sustain employment
·         Engaging, identifying & promoting local talent
·         Creative industry opportunities
·         Delivery: Employability Pathways Programme
The training programme is person-centred with personal development training and peer support, delivered within a nurturing environment by professional staff. 1 in 3 trainees have progressed onto sustained employment.
Long Term Sustainability Art’n’Mind Capital Development
Art’n’Mind has aspirations to become a cultural focus and important venue on the Forth Valley tourist map. In addition to supporting established creative business, they also aim to provide resource and know-how to aspiring makers in the area.
To further develop their social enterprise, Art’n’Mind secured Capital funding from Creative Scotland Investment Programme October 2012. ‘To enhance and develop The Makers Village establishing an eclectic cultural hub of bespoke studios, gallery and performance space to engage with the local community, enabling shared resources and business mentoring for local aspiring artists and craft makers’.
The project was seen as a further part of the journey, securing the long term viability of the charity and its use of the site as its main operating location.
For further info, contact:
Reachout Unit 2 & 7C
The Makers Village

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