The Bread Maker
Emerging Social Firm and Social Firms Scotland member, The Bread Maker held an opening celebration at 50/52 Rosemount Viaduct on Friday 1 December 2006. They enjoyed some coverage by the local press and it was nice to see the faces of their Apprentices shining out of the photographs. They have waited so long and been so patient, they can now set about acquiring new skills and knowledge. The staff team; coffee bar assistants, volunteers and the apprentices set about cleaning and preparing the bakery and coffee bar in the 2 weeks leading up to opening. Everyone contributed to the smart welcoming appearance of the shop and they were proud to present their range of goods for sale.
People with a learning disability are being given the opportunity to train and work at a bakery and coffee shop. The premises formerly Anderson Bicycle Shop at 50/52 Rosemount Viaduct has been bought by a Charitable Trust and leased back to The Aberdeen Day Project for a peppercorn rent. The premises which will be called “the bread maker”. Refurbishment of the business will start very soon and will be ready for trading as a bakery and a coffee shop in the summer.
“the bread maker” will provide training and work for up to 20 people with a learning disability. Half of the apprentices will be working in the bakery and the other half in the coffee shop.
Donald Anderson, the General Manager says: “One of our main aims is to give people with a learning disability the same opportunities as an able-bodied person. At present we already have had 43 referrals that have registered an interest in becoming an apprentice at “the bread maker”. We now have the keys to “the bread maker” and are now working towards opening in the summer. It will be an upmarket bakery and coffee shop. We will be making a range of different breads from around the world, and our bread will be hand crafted”.
Dr Denis Durno set up the Aberdeen Day Project in 2000. Since that date the project has been working towards opening “the bread maker” at premises within the city of Aberdeen. Funding of £170 was secured through the Big Lottery in 2004. To date the Aberdeen Day Project has risen in excess of £700,000, with a figure of £120,000 towards refurbishment still being sought. Mr Anderson added: “We feel the premises at Rosemount are ideal as it is an up and coming area and certainly very busy. We are looking at seating for around 28 people in the coffee shop. Things are certainly moving forward now, and we have a busy but exciting time ahead of us. Our hopes and dreams of giving our apprentices a chance to access meaningful work and training will soon become a reality”.
For further info`, contact;
50/52 Rosemount Viaduct
Tel: 01224 587890
Fax: 01224 587890
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