Customer Testimonials – Inveran Lodge

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11th May 2015

We were delighted to receive the following feedback from our partners at Inveran Lodge

Rosemary Young OBE stated:

“After a thorough search to find toiletries that were Scottish and that fitted in with the traditional style of Inveran Lodge, I was delighted to find Ness Soaps in Inverness.  All the toiletries are delightful and I was very pleased to have them in place for my Quality Assurance inspection recently.  Guests have been enjoying using them and commenting on their lovely fragrance.  One of the reasons for taking the Bog Myrtle, Lemon and Lavender variety was for the wonderful midge repellent qualities.  Well done all at Ness Soaps and Artysans Café in Inverness.”

Thank you very much for these kind comments.

The Ness Soap Team.

Double your Money!

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6th May 2015

Corporate social responsibility and social enterprise are often seen as different ends of a spectrum – ranging from what the good corporations can do alongside their business to the impact at the core of social enterprises’ trading activities. But what if you could double your money? Getting more for your investment is always seen as a good thing – work with Calman Trust and see this happen for your organisation.

Calman Trust is busy building businesses that can support their training and charitable activitites with young people, both by providing opportunities for them and by generating income. We do this because we see these young people as future contributors to society rather than numbers to be “got into work or full time education”.

Our businesses can provide services to your organisation – when you use our Artysans’ catering for your event you get CSR benefits with no extra cost to your organisation. We have the ability to make bespoke promotional goods locally enabling you to be part of the creative process and the community. Then Ness Soaps can provide you with environmentally friendly soap products – in a way you can “wash” your brand with great impact in supporting young people and the environment. Finally Café Artysans is well positioned for a meal or quick coffee in the town centre. All these services help Calman Trust help young people and do not cost you extra budget – leaving the corporate social responsibility money to be used in other ways. Perhaps sponsoring a “Top Apprentice” award at Calman?

As a business based in the Highlands, your organisation cares about the strength of the local community. A stronger community provides you with better employees, more customers and future business. Working with Calman Trust enables you to build a stronger community and get a great return on your budget without spending extra.

See what is right, not what is wrong

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27th April 2015

Often visitors to our organisation ask what is wrong with the young people we work with. What an upside down view! We see each person as able to actively contribute to our society and make a difference – we genuinely believe community is about being better together.

 

As a social enterprise, it is easy to be dismissed as having a “fluffy” view of the world but Calman Trust operates in a very unfluffy space. In order to survive our organisation needs to be commercially rigorous and we need to constantly balance this with ensuring that our work with young people is core to our business.

 

We believe that the focus on moving young people off benefits is missing the point. What is much more important is that the capability and enthusiasm of young people in the Highlands should not be wasted but that they become active contributors to society. If they simply sit and do nothing there is a cost to society that is more than the cost of benefits, it is the cost of lost opportunities for everyone.

 

It is important to support young people because the whole community is stronger when everyone participates. There is a benefit to everybody to utllise the entire resource of the community.

 

Practically we don’t just provide training for the young people we work with. We help them learn how to work, we give them real work experiences and we support them to become able to live independently. We see all their fabulous skills and potential, not what is wrong with them.

food@calman.org

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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 isobel@calman.org.

H-eatwell rolls out across the Highlands

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6th August 2014

Calman has been running cooking groups in Inverness under our ‘Cookwell’ project for a number of months now with great success. Young people come along to our bi-weekly groups run by Gillian, one of our Good Food Champions, and learn how to cook healthy and nutritious food on a budget, get a stock of reliable recipes to take home and enjoy eating the fruits of their labour in a friendly atmosphere.

Now Calman has received over £200,000 of lottery funding, working alongside Changeworks, to take our cooking groups across the Highlands to Dingwall, Invergordon, Golspie, Aviemore, Fort William and Portree. This new service will be called ‘H-eatwell’ as, in addition to Calman’s cooking groups, Changeworks will be offering advice to young people on making the most from their fuel bills in order to combat fuel poverty as energy costs continue to rise.

Our Good Food Champions will be recruiting volunteers across the Highlands to help with these cooking classes and our hope is that, once they have gained some hands-on experience, our volunteers will be able to continue providing the classes for their local community with less support once Calman’s initial six-week run of classes ends. This will allow our Good Food Champions to take their cooking classes to other Highland communities and recruit more volunteers – thus enabling Calman to maximise the usefulness of our funding by providing a service that is sustainable and has the potential to expand.

Calman is also developing online resources to complement our cooking groups so that young people have the information they need about nutrition, budgeting and healthy eating at their fingertips.

If you are interesting in learning more about our H-eatwell project, would like to volunteer or know a young person who might be interested in coming along then please get in touch or see here for more information:

heatwell@calman.org

Fiona: 07730 141512

Maggie (Volunteer Coordinator): 07540 703329