A popular group of social enterprises in Aberdeen is expanding its range of products and services to support people with high functioning autism.

Rosie’s Graphics is the latest emerging social enterprise to be added to the Rosie’s portfolio of small businesses, operated by national social care charity Turning Point Scotland.

Service users will be supported to learn skills in Photoshop and other graphic editing software packages and come up with their own ideas for projects to work on to hone their graphic design skills.

Turning Point Scotland’s Rosie’s Social Enterprises provides vocational training, support and work experience for people recovering from acquired brain injuries, mental health and a range of other conditions.

The new service will join two existing businesses based in Holburn Street, Rosie’s Framers & Crafts, a bespoke picture framing service and local gift shop selling high quality gifts, crafts and original artwork and Rosie’s Wedding Stationery.

A third business Rosie’s Café is located in Rosemount.

People supported by Rosie’s are offered a placement to grow in confidence and develop existing skills whilst receiving one to one person centred support.  Placements are available for up to 60 people in any one week within the enterprises.

Commercial Manager Patsy Telford said:

“The service user room in Holburn Street has been kitted out with a bespoke elm counter to work from and our newest talented designer Becky will deliver the classes.

The project will start small as a teaching workshop with future plans for Rosie’s Graphics to complement our design needs in Rosie’s Crafts and Rosie’s Wedding Stationery and then offer logo design to commercial customers.

There has been a need for a service in Aberdeen for people with autism as there is very little out there, it has been developed in the true spirit of Turning Point Scotland’s ethos of ‘Making Services fit People’.”

Rosie’s Social Enterprises operate as professional businesses and the trading activities provide income which supplements the funding that is provided through commissioners Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council.

Rosie’s Cafe receives additional funding from The Big Lottery Fund.



For more information please contact:

Andy Dewar, Communications Officer, Turning Point Scotland

0141 427 9425 andydewar@turningpointscotland.com

Marisa Mahood, Communications Manager, Turning Point Scotland

0141 427 9422 marisamahood@turningpointscotland.com