MRO Art Yarn

Here at Moray Reach Out we make a number of bespoke products with our trainees (adults with learning disabilities), volunteers and staff creating each from start to finish. A product that we are particularly proud of is our yarn. We have outlined a few unique selling points which we believe makes our yarn a great choice for your next upcoming project.

  • Handcrafted from Scratch:

From shearing, washing, teasing, carding, hand-spinning, weaving and everything in between. All of our yarn is 100% handmade: from flock to stock.

 

  • Handspun

 

After the preparation has been completed with the aid of our trainees, staff and volunteers then hand-spin the fleece that has come straight from our very own Shetland sheep who live locally in the Moray area. It isn’t often that you know exactly where the material for your products have come from and that the animals involved are incredibly well taken care off (and slightly spoiled).

 

These brothers are a prime example of our quality Shetland fleece. Once the weather is ‘Scottish’ hot, their fleeces will rise, and it will be time to sheer once again.

 

 

 

  • Undyed:

We believe that all of our sheep’s wool is completely unique, we like to embrace all the natural textures and colours. This means that our yarn is completely untreated with any dye. The colours of yarn are completely organic and truly reflect the colour of the sheep’s fleece.

  • 100% Natural:

We do not use any harsh chemicals throughout the process of creating the yarn. We use soup and water to clean the yarn (twice) to ensure any debris are no longer within the wool and the colours really shine. We like to be as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible, and we are proud of our methods and abilities to create such wonderful yarn.

AGM Video Presentation

A great summary to the work MRO does in each of our projects!

Get to know the Team

Shona Radojkovic

Head Office

It’s just short of 8 years since I joined Moray Reach Out, as their General and Business Development Manager and I can honestly say there’s never been a dull moment!   

I was so impressed with the organisation, the opportunities and support they were giving to adults with learning disabilities, the enthusiasm and commitment of the individuals within the 4 project teams and was immediately proud to have become part of it. 

The trainees (Adults with Learning Disabilities) are amazing and without them, Moray Reach Out would not exist, quite literally.   

A sense of belonging is important to the majority of us, and that’s what we aim for here.   People need to feel comfortable, welcome and at ease in order to learn new skills and develop their confidence and self-esteem.    The range of projects incorporates retail, crafting, creative arts, recycling, and upcycling to name a few.   The diversity of projects means that we have a fantastic range of services to offer to our Trainees.

The role has challenged me at times and taken me out of my comfort zone.   I have worked in training and education, business development and various project and management roles in public, private and third sector organisations over a period of 25 years.   I am passionate about empowering lives so being able to use the knowledge and experience I have gained over the years to help develop and grow this amazing social enterprise is very rewarding.  I love empowering others and making things happen, that’s what I thrive on so Moray Reach Out is a perfect fit for me.  

When not working, I enjoy the simple things in life – spending time with family and walking the dogs whilst enjoying the beauty of Moray and all it offers. Things you may not know about me are that I’m a bit of a linguist – speaking several languages (fluently once upon a time!). I love to learn about other cultures and have been fortunate in past roles to go on European exchanges, or to work abroad.   My first job after studying was a Tri-Lingual Receptionist in Paris! To relax and unwind, there’s nothing like an hour of Zumba or dancing the night away with friends!  

 

Karen Vernon

Head Office

I’m the finance and HR administrator. Outside of work I enjoy gardening and reading and although I love all types of books, my favourite genre would have to be Nordic Noir, as their writing style is so different, which I find incredibly interesting.

I began working for Moray Reach Out in 2016. I had just moved to the Moray area and wanted to find a role that would help others and the community. When I saw the role advertised, I knew I had to apply as it not only combined my desire to put something back into the community, but MRO also embraced another great interest of mine, recycling.

We live in a throw-away society and I’m an advocate of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’. Instead of immediately throwing something away, look at it from a different viewpoint and think if it could be upcycled or given to charity. Look into the companies that you get your products from, are they following a green initiative? If we all do our part, then as a society we could make a positive impact on reducing waste.

 At MRO, everyone is striving for the same goal which makes it a great environment to work in. The staff, volunteers, trainees, and our customers are all a pleasure to work with and they are the biggest reason that I enjoy coming into work. Look for the good in everyone!

 

Megan Fairley

Head Office

I am the new Digital Training Support Worker for MRO. My role encompasses everything online, from updating our website, marketing, photography, and everything in between. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when applying for the role, but I am so happy that I did. The best part about my time here so far, definitely has to be the people. Coming into MRO was like joining a wee family and they have all made me feel so welcome. Everyone has the same passion and drive and that is to empower others, the positivity is infectious. 

I have learnt over the years, especially after working abroad, that I am definitely a home bird. Family and friends are super important to me, but I love my alone time too, everyone needs time to recharge. In my free time I enjoy exploring the outdoors and taking scenic photographs, going wild swimming, listening to music and drawing.

 

Jon Reeves

Art Yarn & Upcycling

Before joining MRO, I spent 40 years working in the agricultural sector, on a mixed dairy, arable farm, followed by agricultural contracting. The last 20 years were spent working for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) managing farming operations on nature reserves. 

Moving to a small croft 2014, I was able to fulfil a dream of owning an acre of land! This resulted in Sheep!  

After research, we (Annie and I) settled on the Shetland sheep breed for their ultra-soft fine quality fleece, hardiness, and ease to look after. We bought 3 ewes and 5 lambs from a pedigree breeder, a fleece, and a spinning wheel. 

So it began, hours and hours of frustration of teaching ourselves how to spin. Our wool stock grew along with a little bit of confidence, enough to take a pitch at the Portsoy wool festival in 2017. We sold wool. Amazing. 

The next task was to share our skills, so I went knocking on doors. MRO were generous enough to open the door a jar and I started volunteering with Trainees with all things woolly. We all realised this might be a hit. Successful lottery funding ensued to support the first chapter of MRO Art and hopefully there will be many more to come. 

 

Laura Campbell

Recycling

I started with Moray Reach Out in August 2013.  

The Lossiemouth recycling site was advertising for a relief training support worker which is what initially piqued my curiosity.  I knew what a support worker was as my mum has been in care work for over 20 years, but I couldn’t understand why one would be needed in a Material Recycling Facility (MRF) so, I called up and later that day went down to see what it was all about!

Within ten minutes I was mesmerized! I loved the fact that the trainees were so enthusiastic about what they were doing and how excited they were to show me round and tell me how the process worked!  I spent some time being shown the process and then also spent some time with the trainees during their break whilst they told me of all the things they do!  I also very quickly became a keen recycler after being told about the do’s and don’ts of recycling.  A week later I was offered the job and started my first few days as relief. 

I continued as relief until 2016 where I was offered a full-time position which I was more than happy to accept!

Flash forward to now (2021) and I am now the operations manager for our Elgin and Buckie recycling sites.  I have been with MRO for over 8 years, and I love every minute of being with this organisation.  In the last eight years I’ve completed a HNC in Social Services, Talking Mats Training, Team Leader role and soon to do Makaton Training amongst other achievements! 

I love working with the trainees and supporting them in developing their own skills and watching them move on to other opportunities!  I absolutely love being a part of MRO and taking part in anything that Moray Reach Out is doing.  I can’t imagine not being part of the organisation!

 

Shirley Nicoll

Embroidery

After I became a Granny I decided that I did not want to carry on doing 24hr shifts in Social Care but I still wanted to help the community. So, when the role in MRO came about, it was a perfect fit for me, working 9-4 gave me ample time to spend with my family.

I have now been with MRO for over 14 years, and I can honestly say that I still love my job and what we do as a charity. The fact that I know that I can make a positive impact on someone’s life by doing things that I love, arts and crafts, is genuinely such an amazing feeling.

I feel that MRO is such a unique charity with all our training projects in the Moray area for vulnerable adults. We do exactly what our mission statement says, we empower people’s life’s, not just the trainees but staff and volunteers too. I am so proud to be able to do my part for the community and be involved with MRO’s projects.

 

Anna Bebas

Embroidery

My name is Anna and I have a Master’s in Business Administration. I joined MRO in 2016 after changing my career path to focus more on social care. This line of work grabbed my attention because I believe it is important to help out and empower others where you can.

I love my work-life balance as I am a happy wife with 2 wonderful children and enjoy spending time with my family. Animals, especially cats, and good weather is always a great way to make me smile.

 

Suzanne Gray

Art Yarn & Crafts

I am Suzanne the Yarn & Crafts Team Leader. I only started working for MRO 3 weeks before the initial COVID-19 lockdown. So my main focus has been getting to know the Trainees and restocking the shop with some of the new yarns and old favourites.

When not working I spend a lot of time with my 2 Weimaraner’s, who need walking whatever the weather. So good job I have plenty of yarn and hat patterns to hand in the shop to keep warm.

My other passions aside from Knitting and Crochet are Patchwork and Quilting and recently started Weaving.

Before getting my role here I owned a Wool Shop which unfortunately I had to close and realised that I didn’t want to go back into accounting so took a job supporting Vulnerable Adults. When the position with MRO became available, I just had to apply as it incorporated both of my passions, helping and supporting Vulnerable Adults and yarn. Couldn’t have wished for a better job if I had tried.

Working at MRO is fantastic as I love being surrounded by yarn (heaven) but mostly as it gives me the chance to work with the Trainees and when you see their smiling faces when they have accomplished a task or a craft item, just makes your heart sing and knowing that you have helped them is an amazing feeling. Knowing that you can make a difference to someone’s life even for a short time is one of the best reasons to get up in a morning for work.

It’s not just the Trainees though, I love to help customers choose the right pattern and yarn for themselves and it’s even better if they bring their completed items back to show us. I love to teach people to knit or crochet so that they too can get the same joy that I get from these hobbies.

MRO is an amazing place for anyone to work in but especially for the Trainees, as by coming here it gives them a sense of purpose and pride in what they can do and achieve.

 

Christina Malcolm

Thrift

I am the team leader for MRO’s thrift store in Buckie, I began working here just last year (2020) and I started off as a volunteer and loved it so much that I applied for a permanent position. A particular interest of mine is Antiquates which is why I feel this role is perfect for me. I also love animals, I own 3 Alpacas, a cat, lizards, and budgies, I feel animals have such a calming effect on people which is why I enjoy having them around. 

Before working here, I was with the Red Cross, and I wanted to continue doing work for the community. Although I had never previously worked with vulnerable adults, I really believed in MRO’s mission of empowerment, so I dove straight into volunteering with them.

Out of everything, my favourite things about MRO has got to be working with the trainees and being around Antiquates. For me, it is the perfect balance. MRO is leading by example by giving vulnerable adults a safe, empowering, and productive environment which lets them all flourish. Everyone is treated fairly and with respect, staff, volunteers, and trainees alike.

My passion for thrift was definitely passed down to me from my Granny, she began taking me to auctions and charity shops from a very young age. I will always remember being around 4 years old, and I would use the clothes horse to set up my ‘pretend thrift store’ in my Granny’s backyard as it was something, even then, that interested me. So really, this is my dream job come true.

Pros and Cons of Company Uniforms

Uniforms, yay or nay?

By Megan Fairley

Art Yarn Uniform

Everyone you speak too will have a different view on whether uniforms are good or bad. We are going to lay out both the advantages and disadvantages for you to decide yourself, on which side of the fence you sit.

  1. Pro – Sense of belonging

Feeling like part of the team can be a great motivational boost and bonding experience for everyone in the company. Everyone strives for a sense of belonging and acceptance and uniform helps people gain this.

  1. Con – Removes Individuality

On the other hand, some may argue that the use of uniform may limit self-expression and the freedom of being who they want to be.

  1. Pro – No discrimination

Having a company uniform, can reduce discrimination and bullying in the workplace. When a company provides their employees with a uniform it ensures that everyone is on a level playing field.

  1. Con – Sizing issues

From past experiences I can 100% understand why this is a con of uniform. If the uniform that the company supplies is generic and doesn’t cater for different sizes and shapes it become very disheartening for the employee. It can make them feel especially self-conscious if they keep having to go another size up because the clothing sizes are different from standard retail.

  1. Pro – Advertisement for company

What is better than free advertising? When your employees are out and about in their uniforms, they are promoting your brand and increasing awareness of your company. The more you increase the public awareness of your company the more you will get them to trust and seek out your services.

For example, buying a phone; Company 1 is a well-known trusted brand and company 2 is one you have never heard of before. Even although the phones from both companies have the exact same spec and company 2’s price is lower; most people would likely opt for company 1. Why? Because people are always going to be unsure of the unknown.

  1. Con – Lowering self-esteem

Leading on from point 4; If the uniform doesn’t fit properly or makes people feel uncomfortable it will negatively impact their self-esteem. For example, if all ladies have to either wear a skirt or dress, this may effect some women negatively as not everyone feels comfortable in these types of clothing or would prefer to wear trousers.

  1. Pro – Reduced Stress

Speaking for myself, I enjoy having a uniform. It removes the internal questions of; what I am going to wear tomorrow? Will people judge my clothing? Do I look fashionable? Is what I am wearing acceptable? And so on. Removing this additional stress from my life, especially in the morning, is ideal.

  1. Con – Employee Resistance

This is more appropriate for companies who have just recently brought in the policy of uniform. As with anything new you are bound to come up against some form of resistance and there will be an adjustment period for some people to come around and accept the new policy of uniform.

Moray Reach Out

Recycling Uniform

Here at Moray Reach Out we are Pro-Uniform and believe that so long as you work with your team to get them clothing that will fit and make them feel comfortable and listen to any queries, then you are onto a winner.  We also actively support other companies who wish to put their logos on uniforms/accessories. Our amazing Embroidery Shop in Elgin does some wonderful work and not just for companies but personalised gifts too. Click the link below to have a look at their online catalogue.

http://www.embroideryinmoray.co.uk/ 

10 Interesting Recycling Facts

10 Interesting Facts about Recycling

Here at Moray Reach Out we actively support recycling and sustainable living. We believe that everyone has a part to play in creating an eco-friendlier world. We have a team in both Elgin and Buckie, Moray, dealing with waste management and recycling. Below, there are 10 facts which may shock and interest you.

  1. Only 3 out of 7 different types of plastic are commonly recycled.

Although all plastics could essentially be recycled/upcycled in one form or another, in the UK there are only 3 types that are widely accepted in recycling centres.

Type 1 – Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Ex. Plastic Bottles, Mouthwash Bottles

Type 2 – High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Ex. Milk containers, Shampoo Bottles

Type 3 – Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Ex. Clingfilm, Hoses, plastic plumbing pipes

Type 4 – Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) Ex. Carrier Bags, Bread Bags

Type 5 – Polypropylene (PP) Ex. Take Away Tubs, Plastic Straws

Type 6 – Polystyrene (PE) Ex. CD cases, Packing Peanuts

Type 7 – Other Ex. ABS

Only Type 1, Type 2 and most recently Type 5 plastics are widely recycled in the UK. This is why it is so important that you check your packaging before throwing it into the rubbish or recycling bin.

  1. Aluminium cans are back on the shelfs within 60 days of being recycled.

Not only is this swift and efficient but aluminium can be recycled endlessly without ever losing its properties or quality. So, how many times do you think your latest can has been used beforehand?

  1. 100 plastic bags can make 1 reusable tote canvas bag.

Using plastic waste to create reusable bags is not a new practice. It has in fact become widely popular throughout the UK with big brand names following this trend. 100 bags may initially seem like a lot, but when you think about how many bags you use for your weekly shop it seems far less. In 2015, the government introduced the 10p minimum bag charge for all retailers. In England, this caused the purchases of single life bags to drop a massive 95% in major supermarkets. So, by purchasing a reusable, upcycled bag you are not only helping keep waste out of landfills but are also making your own contribution to becoming an eco-friendlier society.

  1. Plastic can be recycled into building-blocks for construction.

A design centre in South Africa is close to perfecting a formula which mixes granulated plastics, cement and sand to create a strong, durable and waterproof building block called EcoArena. Once this has been achieved, it will open up a much larger scope of how we dispose of our plastic waste.

  1. British households create 26m tonnes of waste a year, equivalent to 260 large cruise ships

This was discovered by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in a study completed in 2019. As a nation we recycle on average 45% of all household waste and the government wishes to increases this to 50% in the near future.

  1. Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to power your TV for three hours.

If this was the only way we received electricity, household recycling would increase dramatically. Although I have a pretty green household at present, I know that I would be especially conscious of everything I threw away/recycled. So, keep this is mind the next time you are going to put an empty can in the rubbish bin.

  1. Recycling only one tonne of aluminium saves up to 9 tonnes of C02 emissions.

C02 is a greenhouse gas which is speeding up the process of Global Warming. To put it simply, C02 absorbs heat and then radiates that heat back out. The increase of these emissions has massively contributed to Earths rising temperature.

  1. Plastic bottles are now being used to create roads.

India began looking into using plastic-tar roads in the early 2000s. They found that mixing in melted plastic made the roads more durable and less likely to get potholes. Since then, many countries have jumped on board as it is not only eco-friendly but a very simple process which does not require any high-tech equipment. Thus, reducing the amount of waste countries are sending to landfills and incinerators. Within the UK, Scotland was the first to have made a road from the plastic-tar mix in 2019.

  1. Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times

To put that into perspective, the Earths circumference is 40,075km which is over 38,166 football pitches.

  1. More than 15% of the money we spend on products pays for packaging – most of which ends up in the rubbish.

Unfortunately, the majority of food packaging is non-recyclable material, so not only are you paying extra for something you will throw away but you are also damaging the earth. Reusable fruit and vegetable bags are now easily available to buy in store or online, a small price to pay when you think about the overall money that you are saving by not purchasing pre-packed fruit and veg.

 

If you wish to do a little more reading up on these facts, you can find some links below:

Fact 1. https://www.maxpack.co.uk/2019/12/13/what-plastic-can-you-recycle-resin-identification-codes-explained/

Fact 3. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/carrier-bag-charges-retailers-responsibilities

Fact 4. https://www.averda.com/rsa/news/south-africa-can-turn-plastic-waste-into-building-blocks

Fact 5. https://www.greenmatters.com/p/what-percent-recycling-actually-gets-recycled

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/env23-uk-waste-data-and-management

Fact 8. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-48332259

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210302-could-plastic-roads-make-for-a-smoother-ride

 

 

Ending the Year on a High

Ending the Year on a High 

An open day, a new home and a parade; MRO’s reflections on the last two months of a memorable year.

On the 16th of November Moray Reach Out held an Open Day in our new home in the centre of Buckie. Well supported by many from the local community and the surrounding area the day allowed us to shine a spotlight onto all of our current projects and initiatives in addition to telling people all about the exciting future we have planned for our new building.

Open day attractions included a yarn spinning demonstration by the MRO staff and volunteers involved in the new Art Yarn project, a display table set up by the Elgin based embroidery team who used the event as an opportunity to try and promote their services to local organisations in addition to a series of stalls selling some of the wares that can be found in MRO’s Yarns & Craft and Embroidery & Fine Gifts shops. The Buckie and Lossie recycling teams also participated, setting up an information booth where members of the public could learn more about what kind of plastics can be recycled.

 

Open Day team photo in our new home!

 

In addition to celebrating our first Open Day in the new building we also celebrated another exciting first; this was taking part in the Buckie Christmas Kracker parade on the 1st of December. The event is a Buckie tradition and consists of a parade through the town centre, a Christmas fayre and plenty of music finishing with the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights. (More information about the event can be found on the Buckie Christmas Kracker Facebook Page).

Aiming to make a big impact on our first appearance we decided to enter a float that all three of our teams could help to decorate. MRO’s ‘Yarns & Crafts’ went on to create some giant snowmen, the embroidery team made some beautiful bunting and the recycling team, had great fun making some maracas out of some of the materials they normally help to recycle! Everyone had a great time and there’s definite interest from across all of the teams to make this into an annual event.

 

Some of the trainees manning our float during the Buckie Christmas Kracker parade.

 

On one final note, Moray Reach Out would like to wish all of its customers, trainees, volunteers, staff and the Board of Directors a wonderful time over the festive period. We thank you for all the support you’ve given us over that last year and hope that you, like us, are looking forwards to an exciting 2019!

Bucks4Buckie

We decided to enter into the Bucks4Buckie competition and ask for £2000 towards our Plastic Recycling Environmental Project – PREP. Now we would like to share our journey in a blog!

Presenting on behalf of Moray Reach Out were Shona Radojkovic (General & Business Development Manager), Laura Campbell (MRO Recycling Team Leader) and Buckie trainees Louise Chalmer and William Mair.


With the team in place, we started to make a plan of how best to get our message across. We thought of the questions people needed the answers to, in order to understand what we were planning to do. We wanted to express the benefits of our project to us and to the community. We decided to present it like a conversation, asking and answering the questions what, why and how!

Whilst Laura and Shona discussed the project, William and Louise were happy to show off their knowledge by separating a bag of plastic bottles and trays into types 1 and 2 (that’s PETE and HDPE). They also showed through some fun facts, just how achievable our plans could be.

We went along to the Bucks4Buckie open evening, where we familiarised ourselves with the venue, tried out the microphone and planned how we would set everything up on the day.

We met on two separate occasions prior to the event and practised until everyone was happy with what they had to say or do.

 

What did we want to buy? – A granulator and bagging unit.

Why? – 3 reasons
• To increase the value of our plastic and find an end market for it
• To keep plastic off the streets and out of the North Sea
• To create a new training project and learn new skills

How? – Have a look at the video to see our fun facts! You can watch the video of the presentation via this link. It’s only 2 minutes long!

We were all so chuffed and there was no hesitation from all our team to get up and receive the Award from Stewart Stevenson, SNP, MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast once the voting had taken place.

On behalf of Moray Reach Out, we would like to thank Buckie Area Regeneration Forum for organising the event, which gave so many groups in Buckie a real boost! Congratulations to all who presented, you were all amazing!

An interview with Shona, the General & Business Development Manager

How long have you been working for MRO?

I joined MRO on 14th March 2014, so have been here for almost 4 years now. The tsiMoray ‘Join the Dots’ event was what I attended on my very first day working with Moray Reach Out. This marks my anniversaries each year very nicely!

Brief Description of your background preMRO:

Before MRO, I worked mainly in training & education specialising in employability skills and supporting vulnerable adults, I also did some interesting project work. One such project was working for the Scottish Government promoting relocation to Scotland for skilled workers and arranging immigration advice for companies and individuals. Some of my favourite and slightly more unusual jobs in the past were working for Thomson Holidays as an Overseas Representative which I did for a few years. I also taught English as a Second or Other Language here in the UK. Another was being a Community Interpreter, helping out with the Bosnian refugees who came to Moray just a year after my husband and I fled from the former Yugoslavia because of the war. In fact, we were only going to be here for a year maximum but that’s nearly 27 years ago. Showing my age now!!! I spent some years living and working in Germany, France, Greece and what is now Croatia. I love languages and different cultures. Also music and dancing.

Why did you decide to join MRO?

The post seemed to combine all the skills I had gathered over my working years plus it presented some new challenges. To be honest, it was my Mum who saw the advert and said that it looked like the perfect job for me. I had been working in Inverness and Invergordon and not enjoying the commuting.  The job description was a huge ask and I nearly didn’t apply because of that, but I am so glad I did.  It felt like coming home – not just to Moray, but to an organisation I really believe in.  It’s fantastic and it’s the people that make it so – our wonderful Trainees, dedicated and enthusiastic Staff and Volunteers.

 

Brief description of your role:

My role is to develop the business whilst keeping its social purpose at the heart of everything we do. In fact, we have two social purposes. Our first is to provide training opportunities to vulnerable adults and as we like to put it – empowering their lives. The second is to protect the environment through recycling as much as we can locally.

I try to ensure that the team which is spread across Moray work well together, sharing best practice and supporting one another. It’s important that they have all the resources and training to do their jobs with excellence. I would like to think I provide support and guidance where it’s needed but otherwise it’s about enabling our enthusiastic and experienced team to deliver the best service we can to our trainees and customers and trusting them to get on and do this. We have a very committed team at Moray Reach Out who believe in the work we do within the Moray Community.


What does your typical day look like:

There really isn’t a typical day! The work is so varied but that’s what I like about it. Sometimes, I’m busy researching ideas or writing funding applications for new projects. There’s the ongoing general management ensuring we keep up to date with legislation, visiting all the different sites to support staff, Volunteers and trainees or just catching up with them. Keeping the Board informed and preparing for Board meetings and Management Committee get-togethers where ideas are shared and decisions made about the future direction of the organisation.

What do you like best about working for MRO?

I love the upbeat and welcoming atmosphere that working with our Trainees and the Staff and Volunteers creates. It’s pretty unique. Our Chairman, Lloyd Watt, puts it well when he says we are all about Training and Trading. As the Trainees are in a real, working environment, it gives them a sense of purpose to be part of that. To see the outcome of their efforts is so rewarding for them and us.

Shetland COPE CEO and Business Manager visiting us in Moray.

Why do you think MRO is important to the Moray community?

Our Vision is Empowering Lives and everything we do is about helping people be the best they can be by teaching new skills, increasing their confidence, socialising and being part of the community.

What projects are you currently working on?

We have several projects in development at the moment. Most exciting is the proposed purchase of a building for Moray Reach Out. This will house our Head Office, our Yarns & Crafts shop (Buckie Yarns), our Thrift Shop and we will still have space for a couple of new projects. In addition, we will be able to offer workshops to the general public and become even more involved with the local Community.

What do you hope for MRO’s future?

I have huge hopes and plans for MRO’s future, the staff, Volunteers and trainees are so enthusiastic and full of ideas for both the training and the business side of things. It was an extremely proud moment when we won the Community Impact Award. Here’s some of the team and myself celebrating and having some fun with the props! There are exciting times ahead for the organisation, its people and the local community.

COMMUNITY SURVEY

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Exciting times could be ahead for Moray Reach Out with plans to purchase their own building.

Please take part in our community survey. It will literally only take 2 to 3 minutes and will help us shape our future and that of services we provide within Buckie and Moray.