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New trainees arrive

Our new intake of trainees started recently and have now settled in to their training places and have completed the first of 3 sets of assessments in their Ready for Retail award.

Our first trainees move on

Our first set of trainees have now successfully finished their Ready for Retail awards. They were presented with their certificates during a ceremony at Llloyds TSB Edinburgh offices. The trainees have now moved on to pastures new including paid employment and voluntary work.

Meadows Marathon Success

Alltogether Manager Debbie Muir, Skillspath’s Mark Brown and Alltogether Trainee Sean Cook took part in the Meadows Marathon on Sunday 4th March to raise money for Alltogether.

Mark successfully completed the event in 35 minutes with Debbie and Sean coming in together in 39 minutes. Congratulations to Debbie, Mark and Sean for their efforts and thank you to everyone who supported them.

If you would like to sponsor our runners you still can by visiting our online donation site HERE.

Fantastic News for our Trainees

I’m pleased to say that all of our 16 trainees have undergone their first assessment for the Ready for Retail Award or Skill Accreditation Programme and have done very well. They have been gaining knowledge and skills in Health and Safety, Customer Care, Stock and Display, Recycling, Interviews preparation, Using a Cash Register and Basic Work Skills. We have collated evidence by taking photographs, observing or asking questions and these have been placed in the trainees’ personal portfolio.

I have noticed that there has been a significant increase in confidence in all of our trainees and they all have taken part in every task in the shop. Each trainee seems to have a favourite task that they enjoy. We are now starting to get a clearer picture of suitable areas of employment for each candidate or the next most suitable step on their employment path. All of the trainees seem to be enjoying their time in the shop.

Val said “I like working sorting and getting the stock ready”

Brett said “My favourite task is on the till as I like helping customers”

All Together Edinburgh’s Grand Opening

The All Together Edinburgh charity shop was opened on Saturday 25th June by stand-up comedian and Edinburgh Evening News columnist Susan Morrison.

The trainees excitedly held the ribbon ready for Susan to cut and announce the shop officially open. The massive queue of people hurriedly entered the shop to look around for quality items at bargain prices. Most customers bought several items and were very pleased with the prices.

The trainees loved the buzz of the opening day and all took a turn to serve customers and bag their purchases. They managed to keep calm even though there was a queue of people to be served throughout the day .I was so pleased with the way they handled the pressure and how they managed to enjoy the occasion. They were all eager to stay the whole day and could not wait to come back in on their training day.

Thank you to Susan for opening the shop, to the staff for helping on the opening day and a special thank you must go to the trainees who came in to help on their day off.