The Usual Place is an award-winning organisation, World Host Destination and a Disability Confident Employer.
Every area of The Usual Place is fully accessible being wheelchair-friendly throughout. We also have a Changing Places toilet, the only one in an ordinary venue in Dumfries. It’s also perfect for business meetings and you can find out more on our Facilities Hire page.
All the money we make in the café, room and space rental is used to cover business costs in support of our aims.
- SQA Star Awards – Pride O’ Worth (2019)
- SQA Star Awards – Partnership of the Year (2019)
- Nithsdale in Bloom – Best Commercial Premises (2019, 2018, 2017)
- Nithsdale in Bloom – Overall Winner (2018)
- Healthy Eating Award (2018)
- Sudocrem – UK Changing Places Toilet of the Year (2018)
- CIS Educator of the Year (2018) – Awarded to Tony Budde, External/Chef Assessor
- PAMIS – Most Accessible Building and Business, West Scotland (2017)
- World Host Destination (2017)
- Volunteer of the Year (2016) – Awarded to Amy Wright, Chairperson
- Dumfries in Bloom – Best Newcomer (2016)
- DG Life Awards – Best Café (2016)
The Usual Place opened its doors in 2013 as the brainchild of CEO Heather Hall. The social enterprise was to work as a community café which would provide training, education and employability skills for young people with additional support needs, who were previously invisible, excluded, at risk of isolation and loneliness and importantly, unable to fulfil their potential as valuable, active citizens contributing positively to their communities.
We focus on the promotion of the innate talents and capabilities of young people, enabling and empowering them to flourish, and challenging the established stereotype of young people with learning disabilities.
This innovative training project will help young people improve their confidence, gain transferable skills in a real work environment and move into paid employment within mainstream workplaces. Our trainees will also be able to connect with other local organisations who will introduce them to a range of social and citizenship opportunities.
Young people who choose to become trainees at The Usual Place will work alongside a dedicated team of staff (mentors) and volunteers. Each young person can work at a pace they are happy with whilst they gain vocational skills and qualifications. This will enable them to achieve their ambitions in the hospitality industry.