School Cohort’s End of Placement

Last Week, school pupils Alex, Sofi, Bethany and Ubayd completed their work placement at The Usual Place. The pupils have spent several weeks at The Usual Place, learning every facet of our organisation from front of house and the shop to the kitchen. This week, Bethany and Alex were part of our front of house […]

Jack’s Professional Cookery SVQ

The Professional Cookery SVQ requires close attention to the detail of all fresh ingredients used to prepare food, assessing quality, freshness and suitability for the cooking process taking place. All this at the same time as learning professional knife skills and gaining skills and confidence in producing a range of professional cuts to a very […]

South of Scotland Digital Learning Hub

Yesterday Trainees from The Usual Place took part in the official opening of the new digital hub at Dumfries & Galloway College. Young people made and served canapes to invited guests and met the Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, MSP. Young people talked about their achievements, hopes and plans for the future. This was such […]

Paul’s Practical Assessment

Trainee Paul has recently completed his practical assessment of his Hospitality SVQ, which he passed with flying colours! His practical assessment covered the standard tasks required to keep his work area clean and tidy and keep everything needed to work organised.  These skills are very important transferable skills for every workplace. During his assessment, Paul […]

Moving On, Megalicious

On the 31st of January, trainee Meg Ayres completed her last day at The Usual Place.  Meg has worked incredibly hard to achieve her goals with us and through her time at The Usual Place she has become fully qualified in professional cookery and hospitality services, through a rigorous external process via Dumfries and Galloway […]

School Work Placements

Today, school students Alex, Bethany, Sofi and Ubayd came to help out at The Usual Place as part of their work experience placement. The students were involved in all parts of The Usual Place’s daily operations, from helping to bake our delicious cakes and biscuits, to offering exemplary customer service, to tidying up the cafe […]

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 […]


Trainee Luke has recently passed his Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Professional Cookery, an achievement he has worked very hard for.  He was proud to show off his certificate, as was everyone else at The Usual Place proud of his achievement. Luke has decided to stay with The Usual Place and move on to his […]

Christmas Night In

Last night, The Usual Place had their Christmas Night in. Staff, trainees and volunteers were treated to a meal from the chip van before hitting the dance-floor for a night of fun. It was a night enjoyed by all who attended!  Scroll down to see pictures from the event.        

Ben Saltire Award

Ben has received a Saltire Award for his work in volunteering! Ben, one of our volunteers, has clocked a massive 500 hours of voluntary work, some of which he earned while working at The Usual Place. This high number clearly shows Ben’s commitment and his hardworking nature, which we have seen at The Usual Place. […]