Christmas Tree

This year, The Usual Place will be entering Dumfries and District Flower Club’s “A Forest of Christmas Trees” festival. This festival will be part of the 150th anniversary of St John’s Church! Although it is only November, we must start planning as we plan to make all of our decorations by hand.  Our trainees Skye […]


Recently Steven completed his SVQ in Hospitality Services and this morning he received his certificate! Steven has worked very hard towards this achievement, and everyone at The Usual Place would like to say a big well done and congratulations on this achievement. Well Done Steven!   Photo: Alison Boyes©

Dumfries in Bloom

For the second year running, The Usual Place has came 1st in the commercial category of Dumfries in Bloom’s Civic Pride Awards! Having a welcoming exterior and lovely grounds is important to us as it means that customers feel welcome from the moment they see our beautiful premises.  It is also important for the young […]

Farewell Bronwyn

Today we said goodbye to Bronwyn as she moves on to her next ventures. Bronwyn has been part of The Usual Place team for four years – first as a volunteer and then as a trainee.  Having recently gained her SVQ qualification in hospitality, she is able to move on to new employment. We hope […]

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:

Tea Dance – October

Today’s Tea Dance was another success. Attendees were able to dance to John Caskie and William McRobert’s traditional ceilidh music all afternoon, with a break at half-time to refresh themselves with a mug of tea or coffee.  Also on offer were a range of fresh scones, traybakes and sandwiches to re-energise to keep on dancing. […]


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 […]

Kirkpatrick Meeting

The Usual Place recently hosted a meeting in Kirkpatrick Durham.  Fourteen members attended this meeting, including four people who are or have previously worked with young people with additional support needs and one person all the way from London who had heard of The Usual Place through this very Facebook page! We are told that […]

Disabled Children and Young People (Transitions)(Scotland) Bill

Johann Lamond MSP, on behalf of Camphill and Inclusion Scotland, has recently introduced the Disabled Children and Young People (Transitions)(Scotland) Bill, which will make sure that young disabled people are properly supported during their transition into adulthood – vital for their future lives. However, this bill is not yet law.  To increase the chances of […]

Knitting Natters 16/10/19

This week’s Knitting Natters meeting is underway. The Knitting Natters are an inclusive group of people who meet at The Usual Place every Wednesday between 2pm and 3.30pm.  Everyone is welcome to drop in at any time to either knit something of their own or just to have a coffee and a chat.  Why don’t […]