Social Enterprise Bookshop opens Extension
Caberfeidh Horizons is a Social Enterprise company limited by guarantee with charitable status. They started running a “First Class Second Hand Bookshop” in order to provide adults and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities an opportunity to be trained in a workplace environment which is appropriate for their abilities and takes place within the community. The objective is to prepare them for the employment sector, further education and also improve their social skills. Caberfeidh Horizons also work with adults recovering from mental health and/or addiction problems and the long term unemployed who are seeking work experience prior to returning to open market employment. The day to day running of the bookshop is carried out by volunteers and they are always ready to welcome anyone with a few hours to spare. Since April 2008 they have moved the Visit Scotland Tourist Information Point into the bookshop which has proved hugely successful.
The company has expanded the range of training and employment opportunities through the appointment of a Training & Employment Co-ordinator. Currently they are delivering person centred pre-employment training and looking to work with local employers to provide employment or work experience opportunities.
Caberfeidh Horizons were fortunate enough to raise funds to purchase the adjoining building where they have expanded into 2 extra rooms to include a book sales area as well as a range of tourist related goods. There is also a training room and a small conference room as well as areas allocated to the sorting of donated books.
The “Grand Opening” of the extension was on Wednesday 19th May 2010, with invitations extended to their funders; Third Sector Enterprise Fund, Cairngorm Leader Plus, Highland Cross and Awards for All Scotland as well as local councillors, tradespeople who worked on the development, HISEZ, Business Gateway, Caberfeidh Resource Centre, Social work, all their partners across the Highlands, volunteers, trainees and members of the local community. The event was extremely well attended and the extension was formally opened by Chairperson, Mrs Patsy Rimell. The ribbon was cut by trainee Lesley Ann Russell while another trainee David McLean cut a celebration cake honouring the funders. Refreshments and tours of the building were available throughout the day. Two students from Kingussie High School volunteered their time to help with the event and the Technology department of the School filmed the event and is to produce a promotional DVD soon to be available.
Caberfeidh Horizons is a registered charity which strives to benefit the communities in which it is located.
We have opened The Bookshop because we believe:
• In raising the confidence and self-awareness in people with learning disabilities in order to improve the quality of life and future prospects in our community
• In enabling better integration into the local and wider community and to demonstrate the contribution they, our fellow citizens, make to our communities
• In breaking down any barriers of mistrust, misunderstanding, stigma and prejudice
We always try to treat everyone who enters the shop with respect, courtesy and professionalism.
We welcome and celebrate the diversity of all who enter The Bookshop.
There will be no barriers because of gender, race, nationality, ability, age or sexual orientation.
We do our best to work in harmony with each other, supporting each other and creating a pleasant environment for everyone to enjoy.
The Volunteers who support The Bookshop, those who gain experience by working in the shop, in our dealings, particularly with the school children and elderly of the area and also the wider and business community, we will all work towards these aims.
For further information, contact;
16 High Street
Tel: 01540 661 000
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