Windmills Cafe

Windmills is a social enterprise cafe in the heart of Motherwell which acts as a community hub for local groups and financially supports the charitable aims of Windmills Lanarkshire.

Windmills Lanarkshire’s commitment to the development of the young workforce has been enshrined since the commencement of the organisation.

In 2006, a group of pupils from Firpark School, Motherwell formed a committee determined that young people with learning disabilities should have equal access to meaningful work experience opportunities, and so Windmills was born.

Over these years Windmills has developed award winning teaching resources which allow young people with learning disabilities, including low literacy groups, to achieve main stream qualifications and ‘hands on’ experience.

In addition to this, they recognise that many young people with learning disabilities enter adulthood with limited life skills and as a result poor life chances, often leading to isolation and being marginalised.

Windmills Lanarkshire is dedicated to playing its part in supporting these young people to build life and social skills, confidence, independence and ultimately employability.

In addition to the opportunities they provide for work placements and traineeships, in 2016, they launched a Modern Apprenticeship Scheme which they have been developing since.

Windmills is aware that transitions are difficult for all young people but particularly for those with learning disabilities and are therefore delighted to be working with Additional Support Need Schools and Units in North and South Lanarkshire to support young people in preparation for and during their post school transition.

Windmills offers trained, meaningful and valued volunteering roles which are stimulating and rewarding.  In 2016, they were awarded the Investors in Young People award reflecting their commitment to good practice.

Windmills believe that young people with learning disabilities deserve to live life to the full and they believe their work can help contribute to a brighter future for many young people in the area.


For more information, contact:

Windmills Cafe with a Conscience

92/94 Brandon Parade East




Tel: 01698 767373