I am Moira Coughlin and I have been working at Tayberry café Dovetail Enterprise since the 1st August 2016. So yes, I have just had a work anniversary.
I took on this job knowing that Tayberry is a social enterprise that is committed to giving learning opportunities to the most marginalised people in our society. Our focus is people with health barriers to employment but we also have worked with people who have both health and criminal justice barriers.
The café offers training opportunities and our partner, Dundee City Council’s Supported Employment Unit provide job coaching, a job club moving our trainees into other work, further training or volunteering opportunities.
Whilst, this is all good, the café is still a business. We have just finished our three-year funding from Community Innovations Funding. We have further funds from Lloyds and Matthews Trust for this year but we need to move towards financial sustainability. I came into the job knowing this and that we had to develop external markets, which has been a challenge without a refrigerated van to meet environmental standards.
What Have I Done?
Well, on a small scale we have increased our business by having builders from the Peter Vardy garage come in from September 2016-June 2017. This is now finished but we are hoping to serve a new set of builders in September 2017. Winters and Simpson also come in weekly.
In the absence of a van, we bought four insulated boxes, which enabled us to comply with industrial food standards,
and enabled us to deliver lunches to Capability Scotland on a daily basis. We are also delivering lunches fortnightly to Dryburgh Sheltered Housing Complex.
As well as these deliveries we have explored other activities to increase trading, which includes the provision of meals for the freezer. Our ‘one meals’ are an alternative to, perhaps, ready meals or some of the other providers who deliver on a fortnightly or daily basis. We have one customer who buys 3kg batches of Chili, Bolognese or Curry, takes it home to feed her family, and then freezes the rest into family freezer portions. They have indicated that it is helpful for a work-life balance.
We have also make a number of tray bakes and baked cakes for special occasions. We also have supplied tray bakes as a goodie in the conference bag for DSEN’s annual conference.
One Year on and I can safely say I love my Job and get a real buzz out of coming in every day, teaching the trainees and seeing the outcome of their dishes.
I really enjoy developing people and seeing them grow. It is satisfying becoming a part of someone else’s journey.
Tayberry has also invested in me; I have been studying for my diploma in advanced food hygiene and have done four assignments, just waiting to do the final exam in September.
This will enable us to put all trainees through elementary food hygiene courses – another feather in their cap.
Created by JC Marshall and Scott Twynholm, the common ground podcast is a mini series of 8 episodes. Each episode has been made in conjunction with different rural and urban communities – hailing from Ulva Ferry to Barmulloch to Dundee to others in between – and tells the stories of meaningful transformations to their local landscape.
Unearthing stories about how we live now, and how we might live in the future
This month, we have the culmination of our common ground project with live events across the country.
These events – a combination of installation, discussion and performance – see the work we have created with participants over the last several months travel around the country to open up a dialogue about land and housing in Scotland. The work has been created with a real diversity of participants in close collaboration with the artistic team, resulting in a beautiful blend of photographs, creative writing, sculptures and sound pieces as a result of our common ground podcast.
From working with primary school children in Mull to older adults who have experienced homelessness in Aberdeen, to young adults with learning disabilities in Dundee to asylum seekers in Glasgow, and many more across the 4 regions, common ground has sought out diverse and marginalised voices and folded them into the ongoing nationwide conversation on housing and land use. The common ground events not only showcase their creative work but are a representation of their ideas and experiences.
common ground will be presented at
Dundee Rep Theatre on Wed 15th Feb, 2-4pm
Platform on Sat 18th Feb, 2-4pm
Aros Hall on Mon 20th Feb, 3-5pm
Woodend Barn on Wed 22nd Feb, 2-4pm
Fantastic Podcast from Tayberry Enterprise – Inform Theatre
Lorna Strachan & Tayberry Enterprise Staff would like to thank all Inform Theatre
(who are all Volunteers) for this fantastic piece of work. Well Done!
Podcast to be uploaded 15.02.2017
Chris Morris introduced Kakilambe to our African drumming groups Upbeat & Drumdee.
Kakilambe is a dance as a symbol of the celebration of growth of crops, life, and mostly the birth of children. The Kakilambe brings all these blessings and they celebrate his coming with the dance called “Kakilambe”.
Kakilambe – is a Masked Dance that appears 1x a year or 1x every seven years. It is a special celebration where the elders of the village hold on to ropes that come from the mask. The dance begins slowly and questions are asked of the prophet about the year ahead. Will the crops grow, will the health be well, will children be born.
Fantastic song & drumming today. And a big thank-you to Miren for making our mask
Bellydancing is an ancient form of dance, which is believed to have originated in Egypt. Nowadays there are a range of styles including traditional Egyptian, modern Tribal styles and a variety of fusions which show the enormous creativity and versatility within the dance and the dancers.
There are no barriers in age, size or shape to Bellydancing and body positivity and confidence is a very important part of Bellydance, encouraging dancers to value and respect their bodies exactly as they are, and express themselves creatively through dance. You do not need to have any previous dance experience to take part in this dance form, and dancers will tell you how much it can improve their sense of well-being.
I perform regularly around Scotland and have recently started making costume accessories such as headdresses.
If you are interested in giving Bellydance a try, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Many thanks www.fionamclarenarts.com for use of images
Tayberry Enterprise Theatre Group ‘Inform’ based @ Dundee Rep Theatre have created a podcast
The launch will be held on Wednesday 15th February 2017 to promote Dundee’s waterfront green spaces.