Group’s HOPE to attract volunteers

Cedric de Voil pictured with staff at the Hope garden on Monday. with him are, from left - Joanne Kydd, Janis Hughes and Evelyn Skene.
Cedric de Voil pictured with staff at the Hope garden on Monday. with him are, from left - Joanne Kydd, Janis Hughes and Evelyn Skene.

A social enterprise shop celebrated a year of selling organic produce while also creating opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.

The HOPE shop at Hospitalfield was opened a year ago by Lord Lieutenant of Angus Mrs Georgiana Osborne and the organisers are looking for more volunteers.

Dr Cedric de Voil from HOPE said: “We rely on volunteers to man the shop from Mondays through to Fridays and each does a morning or afternoon session.

“We also have a list of people who are prepared to cover for the regular shop volunteers and we need to increase the number of people on this standby list.”

HOPE aims to provide training and work experience for adults with learning disabilities living in Angus, to improve their social, educational and recreational activities while at the same time providing a reliable source of organically grown produce.

Dr de Voil said: “Despite the very cold spring the crops are growing well and are now ready for sale. All the produce on sale is organic and has been grown in the garden. As a result it is picked fresh each day. HOPE also has a good selection of garden plants for sale.”

The HOPE shop is open 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and is a registered organic grower with the Scottish Organic Producers Association. To become a volunteer contact Dr de Voil on 01241 872614 or to become a friend of HOPE contact Judy Findlater on 01241 851432.