We recently put together a small publication to outline some of our work and as a way of saying thank you to all our volunteers, partners and funders. You can view this here or …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 young people in the Dunbar area to access training. Our projects aim to improve the employability of youngsters, by providing high quality locally-based training.
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 …
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.
Craig grew up in Dunbar and has spent the past 6 years working as both a care worker and a gardener. He studied Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh/ Scottish Agricultural College and spent a year working at the Dunedin Botanic Garden in New Zealand. Craig began working for the Ridge in 2015 and has been involved in the renovation and development of the Backlands in Dunbar.
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.
A member of Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA), David has spent his working life in the public sector, in both central and local government, and is currently Director of Finance & Planning at National Museums of Scotland. David joined The Ridge in 2014, having been involved in charities in Edinburgh and East Lothian, including as a Board Member of a local Housing Association since 2013.
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 …
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 …
Updates from the Ridge
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The Ridge is working with East Lothian Council to explore ways to save the historic Black Bull Close, where ruined buildings thought to date from the 17th Century have reached the point of being almost …Read more →
The Ridge was recently awarded a contract by Developing the Young Workforce, to design and deliver a course for Employers across Edinburgh, East and Midlothian, looking at delivery of excellent work placements.
Developing the Young Workforce, …Read more →