I recently attended the Scottish Labour leadership hustings in Dumfries in Galloway. It was held at ‘The Usual Place’ which is a not for personal profit café, meeting and events place for local people and visitors to get together in the heart of Dumfries.
I was amazed by the work done by this organisation and the benefits it brings to the people who use it and the local community
Heather Hall who is the Chief Executive Officer of ‘The Usual Place’ said:
“We promote the employability and citizenship of young people 16 – 26 who have additional support needs. Our aim is to provide each young person with the environment and resources required to enable them to reach their full potential, achieve their ambitions and contribute to their communities. We take a strengths based approach. Our young people come to us with lots of gifts and skills. Our qualifications are all externally assessed and accredited. Young people are successfully qualifying and moving onto mainstream Further Education, self-employment and work. The Usual Place is a real business environment in which young people can gain work experience and develop a range of other transferable life skills that with the correct focus and support, develop naturally when you are working as part of a team with people from many backgrounds. The public see young people with additional needs doing well at work and we know this is helping to close the social distance and change attitudes towards disabled people. We are well supported by our Statutory and Third Sector partners. We are looking to develop our offering for young people and extend the range of qualifications available.”
If you would like more information about ‘The Usual Place’ please visit their website. www.theusualplace.org