15th August 2014

Calman has recently received funding from the Scottish Government through the Emergency Food Fund to develop a new website that focuses on young people’s experiences of cooking good food on a budget. Many of us take knowledge about cooking and nutrition for granted, but our experience is that it is often the case that many young people lack the basic skills and knowledge needed to be confident preparing healthy and affordable food. This website will look to build on our existing Cookwell and H-eatwell services by making our cooking knowledge accessible to a wider audience in the Highlands and beyond. It will also allow us to reach those in rural areas who do not yet have access to one of our H-eatwell groups.

Our website will aim to be more than just a collection of recipes. We are looking to create an engaging platform for young people to discuss their experiences, get information on nutrition, health and other practical matters. This website will also be connected to Calman’s other online resources so that young people will be able to easily access information on housing, training and employment if they wish.

We are also looking to develop a 2015 calendar with hints and tips for cooking good food on a budget.

Calman believes that these resources will be of particular help to individuals and families who currently rely on food banks for emergency assistance.

For more information on this development, contact

Hotel Artysans – The Vision

Hotel Artysans - Artist Impression

10th April 2013

To deliver exceptional customer service, every time, while transforming the way young people learn. What sets us apart is our ability to align our customers, our business and our young people.

With our business partners, Albyn Housing Society, Calman is working towards establishing a commercial hotel on the site of the new Inverness campus, planned opening date 2016

As at our Cafe Artysans, every task is a training experience, and every year, using the Calman proven model of work-based learning, 40 young people will learn while they work consistently to the high standard required in a 4-star hotel, with opportunity to achieve a qualification in one or more of the many trades found within a quality hotel.

The business model is designed to maximise hotel income and use surplus generated towards the social benefit of real-work training for young people who are not engaged in mainstream learning. It is projected that after 5 years operating, hotel income will meet the costs of training for the long term, independent of requirement for public funding.

Calman Acquires Ness Soap

Ness Soap

10th April 2013

Calman has acquired over Ness Soap, the popular Inverness toiletries brand, after the company went into liquidation earlier this month. Located in the same premises, Calman are looking to rebuild and grow the Ness Soap brand, providing quality handmade products to its customers. In rebuilding Ness Soap we also aim to ensure that the business continues to provide training opportunities for people facing barriers to gaining employment as well as rebuild and grow the business. The Ness Soap range of natural handmade soap, body and bath products will also be available to buy online and in stores.

Ness Soap has an excellent reputation as a social enterprise producing great products and providing a valuable service for the community. We hope to build on this legacy and make it stronger, delivering on the founders’ ambitions for the company. We know the brand has a loyal customer base at home and abroad and we plan to grow sales online and in retail outlets throughout the country as well as increasing our relationship with businesses and hotels in providing their complementary toiletries requirements.

This combination of a quality business providing added benefit, where every customer transaction is a training opportunity, is a perfect match for Calman. From our work at neighbouring Cafe Artysans, we see how much young people benefit from learning the skills for work as the staff team in a real business, and this will enable us to do more.