Gift of Belonging Dundee Rep Theatre

Posted on 15th March 2018

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GIFT of Belonging Flyer

Asda Kirkton’s Green Token Scheme

Posted on 12th March 2018

Tayberry Trojans Swim Team

Posted on 18th February 2018

This is the 4th year we at Tayberry Enterprise Ltd have entering a team into the Swimarathon. This year’s team consists of:- Gillian– one of Tayberry’s Directors and founder of the organisation. Scott– a former trainee and staff member at Tayberry cafe, who has moved on to college and employment. Mark– father to one of the three youngsters in the team.
All our Team have volunteered their time and effort to raise funds, to help Tayberry continue the excellent work it does.
Special thanks goes to our younger team members. Liam– His 3rd Swimarathon for us, and always happy to help out. Olivia– Daughter of another Director, Lorna Hanna, often finds herself helping mum with fundraisers. Jojo– Olivia’s friend, we are delighted she chose to support our organisation. Such fine examples of young people, involved in volunteering activities in their community.


Tayberry Trojans Swim Team, who were part of Dundee Rotary annual Swimmarathon  on Sunday 18th February.

This year we are trying very hard to raise as much money as possible to buy a refrigerated van which will really help our training cafe at Dovetail move into external catering with a bang and sustain that part of the business. More importantly it will increase the number of training places we can offer to people who are very far from the employment pipeline usually with a health barrier but not always. We have helped people who have been carers and from criminal justice.

Many of the people Tayberry work with need an experience to try out work in a supportive environment. We have supported some individuals into employment  within Tayberry Cafe through funding streams such a Scottish Employment Re-tension Incentive money ( SERI) or Community Job Scotland ( CJS). Other individuals have used the experience to directly progress into mainstream employment. Those who have benefited from either SERI or CJS funds have needed that time and space to develop and everyone who we have funded this way has progressed into mainstream employment. This is  an independent training cafe that is not funded in any way from government and hence we can often provide individualized placements for people who have difficulties accessing centrally funded programmes because of the stage they are at in their journey.

Please follow the link below to donate. Thank you for your invaluable support. Gillian Funai, Director.

Volunteer Appreciation Afternoon 2017

Posted on 16th December 2017



Posted on 6th December 2017

What a fantastic afternoon walking over the Tay Road Bridge in our ONESIES!!!

Hot Chocolate needed @ The Corner


Posted on 28th November 2017

It was last Friday 17th Nov at 3pm that a rather hesitant caller phone the Tayberry office to enquire if Tayberry would make Dundee Social Enterprise (DSEN) 2 Birthday cakes for their 10th Birthday Celebrations to share at Dundee’s Light Event on the 24th Dec and their next Networking Meeting on the 5thDec.

It became clear that this poor caller, who is, Raymond Chand, DSEN’s Events & Marketing Officer and a bit of a social media oracle was operating outwith his comfort zone. I mischievously asked him did he know what was involved in making a celebration cake and had this task been delegated to him. The answers were illuminating! No, he had no idea what was involved and yes, his CEO, Julie Farr, has delegated it, to him. Feeling his pain, I quickly went into Mission Possible mode!

Well Raymond, I launched into…… the cake itself is not the difficult or expensive bit. For a cake like this, you will need cake boards and boxes to transport. Given we do not normally do Celebration Cakes and I knew Moira our cook was likely to feel that the piping and decorating maybe a bit of a challenge, I asked Raymond what do you want the cake to look like. “Oh…. Just something with our logo on it” To the non-cake decorators reading this, it not that simple. So, I suggested in the first instance we make a cake in the shape of a 10 and if we could put DESN’s logo on the zero, as it is circular. “Sound good, “said a relieved Raymond. I have just to get this past Moira thinks me!

Next part of the mission was to phone Moira who had incidentally finished work by this time. You know the phone call, silence at the end of the phone, whether it thinking or what you have me into this time Funai! It was actually a bit of both. Moira quickly got into proactive mode and told me that we could order up the cake topper of DSEN’s Logo online, which we did. It was a quick spin on the way home into The Cake Guru in Brought Ferry to again tentatively ask if they had rectangular cake board to put a Number 10 on. Phew, they did and could also supply the cake boxes.

The finished cake is in the picture. I am not sure if that is what you call Partnership working, Co-production or simply helping out a desperate customer! Anyway, Happy Birthday DSEN, it has been 10 wonderful years and you have been a good friend and support to Tayberry.

Gillian Funai