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The Makers Gallery

& Bistro

Education, Progression, Employability

Project Summary


Reachout established The Makers Gallery & Bistro in 2011 to provide education, progression and employability for local adults experiencing mental ill health and barriers to employment.


The project created training and enterprise opportunities for people experiencing barriers to employment and helped them move closer to the labour market. This included structured skill development, real on the job training and activities, work placements and individual support.


Trainees were offered placements in three areas – Bistro, Front of House or Gallery & Enterprise. In addition to the work experience and qualifications, trainees worked with parent company Reachout accessing mental health awareness, well-being workshops and member-led practical and emotional support.


The training programme worked in partnership and collaboration with Forth Valley agencies including Integrated Mental Health Service, Job Centre Plus, St Modans High School & Learn Direct to identify and engage with local adults experiencing challenging circumstances.


The passion and commitment from our staff team explored creative ways of improving health and well-being whilst delivering a range of transferable skills and training. 


During the 5 years the project delivered a diverse portfolio of creative activities including creative arts workshops, a cultural and creative events programme, themed dinner events, accredited REHIS training to the local community and outside catering.


The bistro gained a Certificate of Excellence on Trip Advisor, runner up at Learn Direct Inspiration Business Awards 2015, runner up at Clacks Hospitality and Business Award 2016 and nominated to Visit Scotland Scottish Thistle Awards Best Informal Eating experience. The gallery worked with 120 local, national and international artists and makers.


During the 5 year programme 155 local adults engaged on the Employability Pipeline.


1 in 3 gained employment, 6 of those trainees were employed by Reachout and The Makers Gallery & Bistro.

Chief Executive Officer
Lesley Arthur      

“We are so proud of the many successes within our 5 year project. Securing a cocktail of funding established The Makers Gallery & Bistro, a warm welcoming, contemporary art space delivering excellent customer service and a unique experience to our customers”.

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