About Us

The Usual Place is an award-winning organisation, World Host Destination and a Disability Confident Employer.

All the money we make in the café, room and space rental is used to cover business costs in support of our aims.

Awards won in 2017/18:

  • Nithsdale in Bloom Best Commercial Premises September 2018
  • Nithsdale in Bloom overall winner September 2018
  • Healthy Eating Award 2018
  • Sudocrem, UK Changing Places Toilet of the Year 2018
  • CIS, Educator of the Year 2018 – Tony Budde External Chef/Assessor
  • PAMIS – Most Accessible Building and Business, West Scotland, 2017
  • World Host Destination 2017

Earlier Awards:

  • Volunteer of the Year/Young Volunteer of the year 2016 –Chairperson, Amy Wright
  • Dumfries in Bloom – Best Newcomer Award 2016
  • DG Life Awards – Best Café 2016
  • Nithsdale in Bloom- Best Commercial premises 2017


Listen to our young people


We have been working with young people in Dumfries and Galloway for over three years. The ethos which underpins everything that we do brings hope and opportunity to 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.  


Trainee Induction Programme 


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.


Our Core Values


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.