Rosie’s Café in Aberdeen, has scooped a massive £380,000 from the Big Lottery Fund enabling the service to continue supporting people with mental ill health for a further five years.  During this challenging time of funding cuts and budget restraints, this is fantastic news for Rosie’s and Turning Point Scotland as a whole.

Rosie’s Café is a social enterprise run by Turning Point Scotland which provides real work experience in a bustling café to people within a supportive environment.   Now more people can access the service and hopefully go onto gain paid employment.

Kevin McCann from Kincorth in Aberdeen is nearing the end of his time at Rosie’s Café and is now looking at a volunteering role in his local community centre, he said:

“Rosie’s Café has been a lifeline for me.  Working in the café has been fantastic and has helped me to get some of my confidence back.  At Rosie’s they see the person, not the illness and they are very patient with you.”

News of the funding means that more people can benefit from the service provided at Rosie’s and service manager, Patsy Telford, is absolutely delighted. 

She said, “The new Big Lottery grant which has been awarded to Rosie’s for the next five years is really excellent news, we are all absolutely delighted. It will enable us to continue to support people who are recovering from mental illness to increase their employability by practicing their work skills in a real – yet supportive working environment.

“The brilliant team at Rosie’s Café has worked hard in the last four years of funding from the Big Lottery to continually improve both the service in terms of outcomes for the service users, working in partnership with others and improving the business and increasing turnover. The Rosie’s social enterprise model is a proven success and this is endorsed by the continuation of funding from the Big Lottery, a big thank you to them for their continued support to us’.

Chief Executive of Turning Point Scotland, Martin Cawley knows that Rosie’s is an excellent example of successful social enterprise, he said:  “Each year more people who are distant from the labour market benefit from gaining real work experience in a very supportive setting.  The team at Rosie’s are extremely dedicated and committed and I am delighted that Rosie’s has been awarded a Big Lottery Fund grant to continue creating employability opportunities in Aberdeen.”