Category: Success Stories

Celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities

At The Usual Place, we are celebrating this year’s International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD). This campaign was born from the United Nations (UN)’s Declaration of Human Rights. In 1992, an International Day of Celebration for people with disabilities was introduced, to be celebrated on 3rd December each year. The theme for 2022 is […]

Sarah’s Win at DG Life Awards

Friday 11th November saw members of The Usual Place attend the 2022 DG Life Awards to support Sarah Cronie, who had been nominated as Young Community Champion. Sandra McGrath, Laura Wells and Abbey Thomson joined Sarah, alongside her friends and family, at the event. Attendees were welcomed into the historic Easterbrook Hall by a piper […]


Disabled young people from across Dumfries and Galloway are being invited to get together for a special event on Wednesday 2nd November from 10am -3pm at The Bridge, Dumfries. The Youth Matters Conference is created by disabled young people, for disabled young people aged 12-25. This fun event has an important mission to ensure young […]

“An opportunity to succeed”: Inspiring Scotland Leadership Programme graduate hails its impact

Originally published by Scott Challinor for on 14th September 2022.   Sarah Cronie is a young manager who today works in the café facility at Inspired Community Enterprise Trust Ltd, a charity based in Dumfries, Scotland which trades as The Usual Place. The organisation is a training provider which offers young people with additional […]

Meet Mary: The Voice Behind Meet Beanie

Throughout lockdown, a long-term customer of The Usual Place, became a published writer!  Mary Carberry, who’s son volunteers at The Usual Place, published Meet Beanie, a collection of poems inspired by her friends’ cat. Since becoming available for purchase, Mary’s book has travelled across the world from Australia, to France, to Spain, to Japan and […]

Our Voices: Amy’s Research Role

Amy Wright, the Chairperson of our Board of Directors, has secured a new role as a research intern to Jeremy Balfour, an MSP for the Lothian region. Amy applied for this role through Inclusion Scotland, an organisation which represents disabled people and has a mission to achieve positive change through policy and practise. Amy’s new […]

Morgan’s SCLD Award

Morgan, who has been with us for four years, has left on a high note having been awarded SCLD’s Skills and Learning Award. Morgan is one of our many success stories – first coming to us as a trainee before being officially taken on as a member of staff. Morgan has always had an interest […]

Our Voices: James’ Album Cover

One of our trainees, James, has created an album cover for the Utah-based ukelele band The Naked Waiters!  This cover will be used for digital copies of the album, which released on the 19th of August. James first met The Naked Waiters in 2018, while volunteering at the Ukelele Festival of Scotland, and once more […]