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Certificate of Work Readiness 2018

February sees The Ridge delivering our Employability Fund Certificate of Work Readiness courses. These programmes are non-sector specific, instead, we focus on really getting to know our clients allowing us to do what we know works best and that is finding places that...

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Foundations Work

The Ridge Foundations CIC started work in earnest on 16 October, with 4 new employees, training in masonry skills under Stockdale and Lyall, our ongoing partners. The team is supervised by Pete Smith, the team is tackling a number of jobs on site in the Backlands,...

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Black Bull Close: Feasibility Study

We have just received the options appraisal report/feasibility study on our proposal for the Black Bull Close and the buildings within. This is a really exciting time for us and it's important we know your thoughts on it all. We have left two printed copies at the...

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New Project Workers

We are delighted to have appointed two new members of the Training and Support team. Collin Glass and Amanda Doig will be familiar to many of you, as both stay and have worked locally. They join Gill Last, as part time Support Workers, whose role will be to help those...

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If you go down to Garden Lane today …

... you are in for a big surprise. Thanks to the generosity of both the Civic Pride Fund and Community Windpower we have said goodbye to the heras fencing and hello to a lovely trellis and stunning new gate. We are quite sure, here at The Ridge that no-one was sad to...

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  • New Opening Times November 17, 2017
    The Ridge Foundations Team are now working on the Backlands Garden site making repairs to the sandstone boundary walls as well as  within Black Bull Close. This means that the garden will now be open to the public on a more regular basis (from 27th November 2017 open Monday to Friday). We are also  restoring […]
  • Pick your own July 31, 2017
    Thanks to the generosity of both the Civic Pride Fund and Community Windpower we have said goodbye to the heras fencing and hello to a lovely trellis and stunning new gate. We are quite sure, here at The Ridge that no-one was sad to see the back of the heras. The Backlands Garden is really […]
  • The Backlands Are Officially Open May 26, 2017
    Members of the public are invited to pop in between the hours of 10-4 initially every Thursday and Friday to have a look and keep up to date with the latest goings on in the Garden. The Backlands Garden is officially open for the summer after the building of a series of whin- dust paths […]

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  • Medieval Dunbar
    Go down Black Bull Close and well hidden behind a gate and the high sandstone walls , lie a group of ruined buildings, which are thought to date from the 17th Century. There is some evidence these buildings, which have almost reached the point of being beyond salvage, were used until recently to store beer! […]

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  • Cook and eat at Sunny’s Kitchen
    In February 2018, we launched a Sunny Soups spin-off, in partnership with Dunbar Basics Bank. The Ridge are delighted to have been granted the generous permission of Dunbar Parish Church to use the Church hall kitchen, a fantastic space with a huge range cooker and lots of room for more volunteers and students to come […]
  • Sunny Soups: transforming surplus fruit and veg into free food for Dunbar
    The East Lothian Courier recently ran a great introductory article on Sunny Soups, explaining what we do. We’ve been really encouraged by all the support this project has received from the community; we’re proud of our freezer! MORE than 160 kilograms of produce destined for the bin have been transformed into free food. Sunny Soups, […]
  • The community group teaching life skills in primary school to tackle obesity
    We’ve been running the Plenty Project since December 2016, in and around Dunbar. This is a series of classes that take in budgeting, nutrition and basic cooking skills that was initially offered for adults, and continue to be. However in May 2017 we were approached by the headteacher of nearby West Barns Primary School to […]

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  • Free Monday Night Dinner!!! November 1, 2017
    [ November 13, 2017; 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. November 27, 2017; 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] We are running a free dinner every second Monday at Bleachingfield - everyone welome! Please pop into the cafe to book a space or mail us at Children welcome - bring the family! Next dates are […]
  • October Holiday Club – Save the date September 7, 2015
    Holiday Club at the Ridge for October - full details coming soon Classes include: Baking with Verity; Spanish with Elena; Fun & games with Karen & Emma.
  • We need to talk about vouchers September 1, 2015
    A few vouchers remain unredeemed from last Xmas, but you’ll be pleased to know that we’ve extended the redemption period until the end of October 2015. Get your cake and eat it!