A popular Aberdeen bakery wants to raise £20,000 to open a centre that will support adults with learning disabilities.
The Bread Maker, based on Aberdeen’s Rosemount Viaduct, works with adults who have learning disabilities, offering training and employment.
At the moment all the training takes place on site, but the social enterprise wants to open a centre in the city that will provide blocks of training to people who will attain an SVQ qualification.
Chief executive Donald Anderson said: “This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Bread Maker which has flourished in that period.
“We wanted to do something more outreaching and teach more adults with disabilities.
“This is an opportunity to take our project out into the community and work with more people.
“So we are going to open a wellbeing and SVQ centre that will allow adults with disabilities to obtain employment skills.”
Each course will take place in 10-week blocks, with six adults attending each time.
The course will involve practical and theory learning, which will include building a CV, interview skills, food hygiene, health and safety, first aid and personal appearance.
At the end of the course it is hoped the individuals will learn about their strengths, ambitions and personality type.
In addition to the 10-week course there will be a wellbeing centre on site that will offer workshops, classes and presentations.
Mr Anderson added: “The wellbeing centre will be an expansion to our service and will be available to adults that are not just attending the training course.
“We have acquired office space on Riverside Drive at Bon Accord House through a charitable gesture.
“It is in the midst of a refurbishment and we want to raise funds to kit it out.”
The cash will be used to buy classroom and meeting room furniture, along with equipment that is needed for the project.
This will include computers, broadband and other IT provisions that are needed. Mr Anderson said: “We hope to have our first intake of apprentices at the end of the summer.”
To make a donation visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Breadmaker