Fly Cup Catering expansion plans needs corporate support

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Inverurie based charity, Fly Cup Catering, which providing adults with a learning disability training and employment opportunities has to create a learning centre and meeting space on the upper storey of their current building.

The current meeting room will be upgraded to include a servery, modern toilet facilities, partitioning to accommodate one large and one small room. In addition, it is intended to build a new entrance to the building in front of the coffee shop, where a lift will be installed for ease of access to the 1st storey. A new toilet facility has also been included in the plans for trainees, allowing them private space away from the busy coffee shop toilet facilities.

Fly Cup Catering has seen a significant increase in trainee numbers, customers in their coffee shop, staff growth and outside catering opportunities. They now have an excellent reputation in the town and surrounding villages with their coffee shop being a popular stopping place for visitors and residence to Inverurie.

The meeting and office accommodation, housed on the first floor of their building, became available as the result of the comic relief grant in 2014. They have been able to take trainees into the space for additional learning opportunities, including food hygiene and other catering related training courses.

In addition, they are able to provide independent living training such as ironing and laundry, cleaning, menu planning and money skills. Some of their trainees are also able to work alongside the administration team learning computer and office skills.

Denise Belshaw Chief Executive Officer of Fly Cup said, “We are now at capacity and with the growing need for placements the Fly Cup Directors have identified a need to expand the service that we offer to our trainees, feeder schools and other third sector organisations.”

Once completed the learning centre will be able to provide identified accredited training for their trainees allowing them to come away from the busy kitchen for small group work, and training.

The charity has have already achieved ASDAN accreditation and is currently delivering independent living skills to all their trainees at a formal level, allowing them to achieve a qualification that is not only of a high standard but which identifies their skills and abilities. It is their intention to apply to become an SQA learning centre to allow, those of their trainees with the desire and ability, to further achieve a higher level of qualification. All formal qualifications are intended to enhance the current system of learning provided by Fly Cup Catering, and although not all their trainees will go on to achieve NVQ and SVQ qualifications they will all achieve FC module certificates and ASDAN qualifications.

Denise continued “It is our intention that this new learning centre will also allow us to increase our trainee numbers, with additional staff and structured day planning it is intended to be able to offer up to 50 placements or 82 placement days per week.

“To help us achieve the funding to support this project we are hosting “The Great Escape Prison Break” on Sunday 23rd April when participants will experience the feeling of being locked behind the iron gates of the first ever convict prison in Scotland. The participants will have to work their escape plan and will then have the option of Abseiling down the escape route and away…”

This is the perfect opportunity for a team building event, but they are also looking for corporate sponsorship, or individuals and friends who want to have a fun day out at the same time as supporting their cause. Anyone who is interested can contact me for more details manger@flycup.org or by phone on 01467625645 or visit their website flycup.org or www.georgewalkrevents.co.uk.

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