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Our members are organisations which trade in goods or services and link that trade to social objectives; they include community enterprises, credit unions, trading arms of charities, employee owned businesses, co-operatives, housing associations and social firms.




Aberdeen Forward Ltd
2 Poynernook Road
AB11 5RW
Tel 01224 560360

Aberdeen Forward initiates and supports environmental and recycling projects. We work with communities and businesses to educate and promote projects that help to protect our environment, reduce waste and encourage recycling.

Current initiatives include a Zero Waste programme, real nappy project and a garden waste collection in Aberdeenshire. With funding from the landfill tax scheme, we provide grants to community groups for projects that aim to improve quality of life and further protect our environment.

At our Sustainable Communities Centre on Poynernook Road, Aberdeen, we provide information on environmental topics and run eco-friendly community workshops, such as upholstery, sewing and seasonal craft. In addition to this, we run fully serviced office suites and provide mail box and virtual office services to the business community. We also sell second hand office furniture, stationery and arts and crafts resources through our Creative Waste Exchange project to the general public, the third sector and the business community. All of our work is in-keeping with our ethos to protect the environment, minimise waste and reduce landfill.

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Marywell Centre
Marywell Street
AB11 6JF
Tel number: 01224 373880

Foyer Enterprise is the trading subsidiary of the Foyer and operates a portfolio of social enterprises with 3 social purposes: to generate income to support the work of the Foyer in alleviating youth homelessness and unemployment in the wider community, to raise the profile of the work of Aberdeen Foyer and to create employment and training opportunities for people who are severely disadvantaged in the labour market.

foyer graphics is a graphic design business specialising in design for print, web design, corporate branding and all areas of creative consultancy and development, taking any project from initial concept right through to the finished product.
01224 562865

Roadwise Driver Training – In December 2012 the Foyer completed the full acquisition of this successful local driver training school which provides learner driver training and bespoke advanced/defensive driving packages for corporate clients.

Foyer Works is a social firm providing a cost effective and responsive property maintenance service across the North East, offering employment and training opportunities for those furthest from the labour market. Services include clearing and cleaning, painting and decorating, joinery repairs, removals, basic ground maintenance and PAT testing.


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Community Food Initiatives North East
Improving Health and Well Being


4 Poynernook Road,
Aberdeen, AB11 5RW
Tel: 01224 596156
CFINE aims to improve health and well being and contribute to regeneration in disadvantaged and excluded geographical and interest communities by promoting the consumption of fruit, veg, pulses and other healthy products and encouraging and supporting volunteering which brings a range of personal, family and community benefits. The particular activities employed to support the above are Community Food Outlets, FareShare and the Fast Fruit Scheme (nurseries, schools, voluntary organisations, social enterprises). CFINE has a charitable company and a trading company which manages the Fast Fruit scheme and our commercial, but competitive, trading with oil companies, restaurants, sandwich bars etc.
For more information, contact Fiona or Dave on 01224 596156

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GREEN TRACKS – environmental services
Green Tracks - environmental services is a social enterprise of S.C.A.R.F. - providing energy efficiency advice for aberdeen, dundee, tayside and the north east


2 Cotton Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5EE, Tel: 01224 212243

Green Tracks is a social firm operating in the Landscaping, Maintenance and Conservation fields. This means we employ a percentage of people who have previously been disadvantaged from the workplace and promote equal opportunities, additionally; we provide work experience and training for those recovering from mental ill health through individually tailored programmes. Our mission statement, "Improving Lives and Landscapes", highlights our commitment to take our social responsibilities seriously, without compromising on the quality of our services, or products, to our customers.”

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Café Coast

Café Coast
Beach Boulevard
AB24 5HP
Tel: 01224 594488

Café Coast is a modern Café/Bistro located on Aberdeen’ Beach Boulevard. As a social firm Café Coast offers training and employment opportunities to people with learning disabilities and other support needs.
Enjoy a café atmosphere by day whilst we serve breakfast, lunch, home bakes and fine coffees and beverages.  We serve a selection of fine wines and beers and have a relaxing terrace area.

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inspire conferences
Beach Boulevard
AB24 5HP
Tel: 01224 280005

inspire conferences is a meeting and conference venue with a difference. As a social firm we offer training and employment opportunities to people with learning disabilities and other support needs.
inspire conferences has a variety of rooms and suites for hire, all finished to the highest specifications. Located on Aberdeen’s Beach Boulevard, inspire conferences is easily accessible from all main arterial routes, within eight miles of Aberdeen airport and five minutes walk to the shopping hub of Aberdeen. Restricted on-site parking is available whilst additional free parking is only a five-minute walk from the facilities.

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Instant Neighbour House
5 St Machar Drive
AB24 3YJ
Tel: 01224 489955

Real help today, hope for tomorrow.

Did you know that one in ten people in Aberdeen lives in deprivation?

Instant Neighbour is a charity based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Despite being the wealthy oil capital of Europe, one in ten people are living in poverty in the city. Since 1984, Instant Neighbour has provided practical help, advice and support to some of the poorest and most vulnerable people living in Aberdeen City and Shire.

We recycle and distribute quality used furniture, clothing, child safety packs and baby equipment to people living on low incomes. We also distribute non-perishable food packages and can provide assistance moving house or storing furniture for people living on low incomes.


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15 / 17 Belmont Street, 
Aberdeen, AB10 1JR
Tel number: 01224 645268 / 645200
MeAL is a dynamic user-led cultural and social organisation set up to promote tolerance, racial harmony, cultural diversity and increase the visibility of ethnic communities in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. MeAL is a recognised charity and a company limited by guarantee.
Using a holistic approach, MeAL’s initiatives and services focus on three main cross cutting themes:
• Cultural, Educational and Leisure
• Media, Communication and Information Technology
• Social Inclusion and Community Regeneration
MeALs Vision - “To promote tolerance, racial harmony and positively change lives”

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45-49 Holburn St. Aberdeen
Tel. 01224 575196

A group of social enterprises run by Turning Point Scotland providing high quality services to the general public whilst supporting people with mental health issues to gain work experience and recover. Supported by the Big Lottery and Aberdeen City Council

Rosie's Gift Shop –
Tel 01224 577326
selling high quality gifts and crafts and original art work from a range of local and international artists.

Rosie's Picture Framing –
Tel 01224 577325
a first class service for all types of art work including sports shirts and tapestries.

Rosie's Crafts & Wedding Stationary –
Tel 01224 575323
offer hand made greetings cards, beautiful bespoke wedding stationary or party invitations, bespoke cushion making service, hand-made bags and much more.

Rosies Café
137 Rosemount Place
Tel. 01224 626214

Rosies is a community café specialising in home-made soup and cakes & scones, freshly made daily, on the premises and the best coffee in town!

Visit our web site or phone 01224 575196, book in on one of our monthly 'Goldfish Days' and have a tour of our enterprises.

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21 Castle Street
AB11 5BQ

Tel number: 01224 639 539

Peacock Visual Arts is the main contemporary visual arts organisation in Aberdeen and the North-east of Scotland and is supported by Aberdeen City Council and Creative Scotland. We organise an annual programme of national and international contemporary art exhibitions, as well as talks, critical debates and workshops. We also provide the widest range of media openly available anywhere in Scotland. These facilities include the hire of video equipment and the use of our printmaking workshops and photography darkroom.

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12 John Street,
Aberdeen AB25 1BT

Tel 01224 618450

Send-it offers a range of services:

•Direct Mailing. Direct Mail for targeted mail drops. The client supplies a database of contacts and Send-it distributes leaflets, newsletters, brochures, corporate material or any other items on their behalf. Send-it has a dedicated postal account with Royal Mail and therefore receives preferential postage rates which are passed onto the customer, providing a cost effective solution to all our clients.
•Digital Printing. A range of digital print services are available including business stationery, leaflets, posters, booklets and brochures. Click here for our Price List.
•Hand Assembly Service. Send-it’s team of experienced staff can undertake any manual job that cannot be tackled by machine. Examples of work include conference pack collation, lanyard assembly, goodie bag packing, leaflet insertion, etc.
Our experienced team will be happy to discuss the criteria required to qualify for mailing discounts and provide a free quotation.

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the bread maker
50-52 Rosemount Viaduct
AB25 1NT

tel / fax : 01224 641520


The bread maker is an exemplary emerging social firm operating in Aberdeen city; a commercially focused enterprise producing high quality bread and confectionery. The bread maker’s social aim is to provide a range of meaningful employment, training, educational opportunities and social activities to adults with learning disabilities with a purpose of integration into the community.

The ethos of the bread maker is that of fully supporting and enabling apprentices to work in a realistic and dynamic setting, offering a stimulating an positive experience to each individual, valuing and recognising their contribution and input as a team player within a thriving bespoke business.

The apprenticeship scheme offers 20 adults with learning disabilities a range of work experience and job opportunities within a dedicated bakery unit and welcoming coffee house. Additionally they are supported to fully participate in the life of the city and engage in a range of social activities and learning opportunities out-with their job requirements. A continuous personal development programme ensures that everyone has the opportunity to maximise their own potential to become a fully active member of society valued for their abilities, skills and experience.

As a social firm the bread makers directors and staff focus both on the business and social aims of the organisation keeping both in the forefront of our aims and objectives.

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Links Road
Queens Links
Aberdeen AB24 5NN

Tel:  +44 (0)1224 626279



Transition Extreme is an Aberdeen based award winning social enterprise, established in 2007, to assist the young people of Aberdeen City & Shire in making the difficult transition from childhood to adulthood by providing innovative sporting, diversionary and educational opportunities.  It works closely with the region’s most disadvantaged communities and excluded groups and supports a number of major health, safety and diversionary programmes which capture the imagination of young people and families, providing exciting and constructive activities and skills development opportunities – both independently and in co-operation with a large number of schools, community groups and other charities.

Now attracting over 150,000 visitors per annum, its iconic Sports Centre provides year round indoor facilities including; world class rock climbing, BMX, in-line skating and skateboarding, band practice room, martial arts facilities, creative arts zone and cafe/community facilities.   

Located in the prime leisure and recreational area of Aberdeen Beach, the Centre is ideally located as an adrenaline-packed facility.  It acts as a major tourist attraction for the area, attracting national and international sporting events, providing an ideal setting as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’.

Transition Extreme is particularly concerned with assisting Aberdeen's youth population make the difficult transition from childhood to adulthood (avoiding the pitfalls of the many forms of negative recreation) and thereafter maximising their potential within society.


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38 Castle Street
AB11 5YU
Tel: +44 1224 212 021
Fax: +44 1224 580 722



VSA is a major social care charity based in Aberdeen and branching into the North East of Scotland.

VSA continues to develop its services to meet the ever changing needs of the local community, supporting individuals and families, young and old, and providing the best of care and support while fostering independence and building self confidence.

Our services cover all age groups and include care homes, housing with support services and outreach services for older people and people who experience mental health problems; training and potential employment opportunities for people with a learning disability; information and support services for carers and young carers in Aberdeen and North and South Aberdeenshire; counselling for children and young people; services for children with additional support needs; and a variety of opportunities for volunteering throughout the agency.




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