The establishment of Makers Cafe would not have been possible without the generous support of a number of organisations and individuals, who have gone above and beyond to ensure that the cafe will be a success, as well as being a supportive environment for our service users. We would like to give special thanks to our Makers People for their involvement and continued support.
Founder of catering company Sprinkle Happiness, Sara MacMillan is a local food ambassador for Grow Forth.
Sara and her husband Alister have supported the start-up of Makers by providing us with our coffee machine and offering a fun day of barista training for our staff team.
Counter Roast are a local micro-roastery based in Dollar. Founder Stewart roasts premium beans sourced from growers who respect the rights of their workers and are committed to preserving the natural environment.
Stewart supplies the premium hand roasted coffee we use at Makers and is a supporter of the work of our community cafe.
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust invest in activities that make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of people and their communities. They funded kitchen equipment and appliances for previous hosts of the space, Reachout with Arts in Mind. Pauline Grandison of the trust was keen to work with Scottish Autism to ensure that the kitchen equipment at Makers Cafe was passed on to Scottish Autism and continued to be used to support a social cause that benefits our local community.
At Scottish Autism’s Balmyre Centre, the people with autism who access this day opportunity can develop their kitchen and front of house skills in our training kitchen, whilst supplying jams and preserves for Makers Cafe.
Cottipotts Cafe was established by the Balmyre Centre to recognise the skills of the people with autism they support to provide a popular and inclusive in-house cafe for Scottish Autism staff and service users. The community cafe at Makers is a realisation of their vision to extend that to a public space that offers autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities opportunities to build their skills in a working community cafe.
Gartinny Nurseries is a Scottish Autism day and vocational service based in Coalsnaughton. At Gartinny autistic adults are supported to develop skills in horticulture, engage in outdoor learning, and develop their conservation knowledge and woodworking skills.
Gartinny offers a wide range of plants, herbs and shrubs for sale that have been grown and cultivated by the individuals who access the service. Gartinny are supporting Makers to develop a kitchen garden, whilst finding opportunities to grow and supply locally grown vegetables to the café.
Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface acts as a one-stop-shop for a range of support and services for charitable organisations, community action groups, volunteering and social enterprise in Clackmannanshire.
The CTSI have supported Scottish Autism throughout the process of planning our new community hub and cafe, offering advice on volunteering and facilitating consultancy support.