A popular Aberdeen bakery that supports adults with learning disabilities will launch of a new training centre despite missing a fundraising target.
Bosses at The Bread Maker in Rosemount Viaduct hoped to raise £20,000 to launch the facility, which would run courses on work readiness.
The charity – which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year — had aimed to raise the cash in order to kit out a centre that will help it provide a training project, which will result in an SVQ in work readiness for participants.
But despite only raising £2,970, they have fully kitted out the centre through other means and will go ahead with the course as planned.
Chief executive Donald Anderson, pictured, said: “We’ve got the property, it’s been refurbished. We started the page to allow us to buy furniture but we’ve managed to kit the place out from donations.
“We thought we’d have to spend double figures on furniture. We kept it going but it’s not been the be all and end all.”
The course, which is already SQA accredited, includes practical and theory learning in building a CV, interview skills, food hygiene, health and safety and first aid, along with making a variety of hot drinks and sandwiches, and the presentation and service of food.
It was hoped to start soon after the acquisition of the building, but they now hope to start in the next few months. The building space on Riverside Drive was donated to the bakery through ACVO, and furniture such as desks, computers and office items were donated to the bakery by various companies.
Mr Anderson said: “We’ve come from nothing, and the space is now fit for purpose.
“We’ve done it in a different fashion. Our goal is to be self-sustainable.
“We’re planning on renting the space on the second storey as hot desks that small businesses can use, that will get up and running first, within the next month. “We’re going to start marketing the business side of it to give us the finances within the next month.”