Darling’s are the darlings of STV awards

Award winning: Darling's Coffee Shop on Arbroath High Street was named STV's Scotland's Real Heroes Community project of the Year 2013.

Award winning: Darling's Coffee Shop on Arbroath High Street was named STV's Scotland's Real Heroes Community project of the Year 2013.

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An Arbroath social enterprise cafe has emerged triumphant from a televised national competition to find real Scottish heroes.

Darling’s Coffee Shop, at 134 High Street, was named the winner of the Community Project of the Year category in the STV Scotland’s Real Heroes competition on Friday.

The cafe provides employability and skills training to young people with learning disabilities which is run by charity ENABLE Scotland. Since it opened in May 2012 it has attracted praise for the quality of baking and training.

Darling’s faced off against 800 their Scottish projects and was one of the 30 finalists showcased by STV in their primetime Friday night slot.

ENABLE Scotland’s enterprise manager Doreen Walkinshaw said: “Winning this prestigious national award as ENABLE Scotland prepares to enter its 60th year is just wonderful.

“Darling’s was set up by ENABLE Scotland to tackle growing concerns about low levels of employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities in the area. Since our launch last year, Darlings has supported 70 trainees with many young people moving into employment, college and volunteering.

“We are now successfully delivering training for young people across Angus.”

ENABLE Scotland attracted funding from the BIG Lottery, which provided the capital investment for refurbishment, equipping the coffee shop and supporting the on-going employability programme for trainees.