The Ridge Cafe at the Bleachingfields have recently started a new venture, Hungry Hatch Meals and we want to shout about it. Sue and Gareth along with a fantastic crew of volunteers are working closely …Read more →
About the Ridge
An SQA-accredited centre, the Ridge is also a Skills- Based Academy for the JobCentre Plus as well as an Employability Fund Provider for Skills Development Scotland. We are also accredited to provide Lantra (rural skills) and REHIS (food hygiene) training. We offer local access to training across most sectors, including Horticulture, Hospitality, Catering, Fashion, Social Care and Customer Service. We aim to develop the skills and employability of marginalised and vulnerable local people. We have a passion for our locality and the issues that surround it. The Ridge provides support and nurtures talent while encouraging public and private organisations to contract locally.
To provide training and support to help people find routes into further education, training and employment; to support businesses to be effective and grow, creating more local jobs; to create businesses to fill gaps in the local economy.
Because access to training opportunities remains a problem despite proximity to the capital; conditions don’t yet exist for the sort of enterprises that will develop, support and sustain local training and jobs.
We will continue to maintain a strong social purpose with a clear and measurable business plan which underpins the process of delivering social value through appropriately scaled and sustainable solutions.
the Ridge projects
Inadequate and costly public transport links make it difficult for people in the Dunbar area to access training. Our projects are an effective way of engaging with hard to reach people who might struggle initially to prove themselves. By providing high quality and locally based training and access to mentored work experience, we are improving their employability and boosting the skills base available to local employers.
The Ridge Café at Bleachingfield provides a quality food service to centre users, as well as outside catering. It also offers valued opportunities in training, volunteering and a wide variety of community events. Local produce …
The Dunbar area is poorly served by costly public transport, making for difficult access to further education. As an SQA-accredited centre, the Ridge offers local access to training across Horticulture, Rural Skills, Hospitality, Catering, Enterprise …
The regeneration of the Backland areas is being funded by the Coastal Communities Fund and it has also received a grant from the Dunbar Common Good Fund. The Ridge is grateful for their support.
We want …
One of the biggest challenges for local food producers can be getting their products out to their market. And vice versa – hotels, shops, restaurants often struggle to ‘use local’ because it is so hard …
The Ridge is working with local producers and traders to bring a regular local food, produce, arts and crafts market to Dunbar.
Part of our Coastal Communities Fund award is to support the development of regular …
Kate Darrah spent 16 years teaching (Modern Languages, then working with youngsters with Additional Support Needs). She retrained in Horticulture, through the Royal Horticultural Society, followed by full-time study at the Royal Botanical Gardens/Scottish Agricultural College in Edinburgh. She has long been involved on the committees of local community groups …
Gill started out working for a large hotel chain after Hotel and Catering College. She undertook a Post Graduate Teaching Cert. but went back to the hotel chain as an On Job Trainer/Troubleshooter working all over UK. Gill worked at the Marine Hotel North Berwick until buying and running her own Guest House for 14 years in Dunbar.
Adrian Girling is a drummer who loves Dunbar and its musical heart. Adrian has a varied background and enjoys working with others with diverse lives and open minds. His experience is that skills can be taught and ideas can be formed, but being creative, adaptable and resilient are ways of approaching life that need to be forged and actively shaped.
Sue Mitchell is the manager of the Ridge Café and has over 30 years experience in catering & hospitality, from her own café in central Edinburgh, her own pub and guest house to running a million pound turnover hotel in Angus.
She started with the Ridge in 2014 and has made significant positive changes to the business.
She is very involved with the MS Society and runs a support group at the café.
Mary Darrah worked for 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry in clinical development and quality assurance in roles involving project management and team leadership with a focus on systems development and compliance. She has had global responsibility for developing and delivering training to many different audiences. With a passion for locally produced food …
Updates from the Ridge
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We are delighted to say that we are now in print! The first issue of our newsletter, The View, has hit the streets, look out for it and pick up a copy for your self …Read more →
In the interests of transparency the Ridge’s board has decided to publish a summary of all board meetings on the web page. These will be made available here and should anyone have any questions please …Read more →