Darlings’ double whammy

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AN ARBROATH social enterprise cafe celebrated a double first this week.

On Thursday Darlings Coffee Shop, which is run by the ENABLE Scotland charity, saw their first intake of trainees finish their course and at the same time opened their first art exhibition.

Darlings Coffee Shop opened in May and has been providing opportunities for young people in Angus who have a learning disability.

A series of training courses aimed at developing the skills and confidence of individuals is run through the coffee shop and is aimed at ultimately improving their chances of finding meaningful employment.

The first intake of trainees have now completed their course and achieved a number of qualifications including certificates in elementary food hygiene from the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland and barista coffee making.

The art work is the product of a group of artists with learning disabilities who have been participating in a series of workshops and work groups since 2002.

The participants explored their interest in the visual arts and to developed this interest in a dedicated arts environment. They are led by qualified arts workers and supported by volunteers and Angus Council’s social work and health department’s day opportunities team.