Category: Success Stories

Lamb for St Andrews

Move aside haggis!  A campaign has been launched to name lamb as Scotland’s national dish for St. Andrew’s day on the 30th of November. NFU Scotland, the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers and NSA Scotland will be working together to make this happen. While restrictions mean that a public event would not be safe, the […]

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 […]

Knitting Natters

The Knitting Natters are an inclusive social group who meet at The Usual Place every Wednesday from 2pm until 3.30pm. The group runs through drop-in sessions where you can come to have a coffee and a chat while picking up your knitting needles.  You don’t have to be a skilled knitter – come for a […]

School Pupils

Yesterday, school pupils Lewis, Dana, Chloe and Connor came to The Usual Place to learn more about us. They helped chop vegetables in the kitchen, ironed our aprons and worked in the shop all to our standards and then finished the day by attending a pizza making workshop with trainees Meg and Gavin. Well done […]

Got Gold!

Over the weekend, Gavin won two medals in a swimming competition! Gavin has trained very hard for the competition and this win is well deserved.  We are all very proud of him. Well Done Gavin!! Here James and Jayne are celebrating with him:


Cleaning is a very important task in The Usual Place and Cleaning Schedules are a legal requirement for public food services. The Usual Place have daily, weekly, monthly and other timed cleaning patterns to ensure we meet all legislative requirements and our customers can be sure that The Usual Place takes cleaning seriously as a […]