Working Together Social Enterprises (WTSE) provides training and work experience opportunities for adults with learning disabilities throughout the Scottish Borders.
Launched in 2014, WTSE comprises three separate trading arms: Bread Works, Green Works, and the Whistle-stop Café.
Bread Works is an artisan bakery, producing handmade bread in Tweedbank, Galashiels. The bakery uses 100% natural products to produce a range of rye, yeasted and cheese breads, an Italian range of focaccia and ciabattas, as well as traditional Scottish oatcakes and sweet desserts.
Trainees working in the bakery learn all aspects of what is involved in a busy bakery environment form taking delivery of ingredients, measuring and scaling the dough to baking the bread as well as sales and everything in between – all in a supportive environment to help them to gain the skills required for employment.
Green Works is a gardening and woodwork service which operates in the central Borders area. Trainees working within Green Works learn about all aspects of garden maintenance from grass cutting and weeding as well as the essential health and safety and customer service skills necessary to undertake the variety of jobs required by contractors and members of the public.
Finally, the Whiste-stop Café is a small, 20-seater café ased in Tweedbank alongside Green Works and Breadworks. The café also supports adults with learning disabilities through a supported work experience programme, helping trainees develop key skills such as communication and teamwork which are necessary when seeking employment.
Trainees apply to their chosen enterprises and after an informal interview are invited to undertake a taster session. This enables individuals to see if the programme is suitable for their needs and allows staff to see if we can assist the person to develop their skills to gain the knowledge required to progress into employment.
If the taster session is successful, the person begins a more specific training programme during which as well as the day to day skills required in each enterprise, they will gain valuable knowledge around behaviour in the work place as well as working independently and as part of a team.
WTSE works alongside Borders College to delivers skills accreditation and develop portfolios. Once training is completed and the participant is deemed to be ready, they are given support to access local job seeking services to enable them to move into work. This service includes job searching, CV writing, support with applications and interviews.
WTSE is the social enterprise arm of Brothers of Charity Services Scotland, a Christian organisation which supports people from all faith communities as well as those with no religious beliefs.
For more information, contact:
Brothers of Charity Services (Scotland),
Tel: 01896 661200