The Edinburgh Engine Shed works with vulnerable young people to help them gain skills, confidence and self esteem to get paid employment through running a café, bakery and shop.
They raise over £245,000 a year from the business but Edinburgh Council are looking at taking away their share of the funding which will leave the Engine Shed with no choice but to close losing both an important service and a valuable community resource for the south of Edinburgh.
We, the undersigned, ask the City Of Edinburgh Council to keep funding the Engine Shed, an important social business that helps young people with learning disabilities and other special needs.
On the 25 of June the Economy Committee of the City Of Edinburgh Council is due to hear a report which will recommend withdrawing funding from the Engine Shed, a social business run by Gavald Enterprises.
The Engine Shed gives young people time to mature after school. The trainees have time to learn how to get on in a work situation with the right support for their needs
The Engine Shed helps young people get new skills in all sorts of work skills but also in being disciplined and turning up for work. It structures their day in a way that gives them a really good work discipline.
The Engine Shed helps young people learn in a Peer Support situation – where other young people already are working and they can learn by doing and watch what the others are already doing.
The Engine Shed supports 30 young people with an average age of 19.
The Engine Shed helps lots of its trainees get paid work when they finish their time at the project. Most of the other young people move on to college or further training.
Young people leave the Engine Shed to go and work in lots of places such as Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Standard Life, the University of Edinburgh, Domino’s Pizzas and Sodexo.
The Engine Shed raises nearly 50% of its costs from the businesses that it runs – the Bakery – Food Processing – Hospitality – the Café – The Wholefood Shop.
Financially the council contributes £200,000 to the Engine Shed. That works out at only about £100 per week per trainee.
Please do what you can to make sure this very important service carries on.