Moray Reach Out is an amazing organisation with enthusiastic, experienced and committed Board, staff and volunteers. It was started by a small group of parents and carers in Buckie in 1996 offering outings and trips away for the adults with learning disabilities and thus providing respite for the parents and carers - 'Take a Break'.
Two wool and haberdashery shops in Buckie and Elgin were set up in 1999 offering craft and retail skills to our learners.
A successful application in 2001 to the Big Lottery for funding for a recycling centre for cans meant that we could offer training places to adults with learning disabilities in an industrial setting.
Nowadays, Moray Reach Out (MRO) currently has four training sites offering work experience to vulnerable adults, mainly adults with learning disabilities but also those recovering from mental health issues. There is a broad range of opportunites at a number of projects: MRO Yarns & Crafts, MRO Embroidery & Fine Gifts, MRO Recycling Buckie, MRO Thrift Shop, MRO Art Yarn (Spinning, making Art Yarn), MRO Art Buttons and other Upcycling activities. In addition we are proud of our connections with the Moray Council Materials Recycling Facility in Elgin which is staffed by our recycling team.
Each social enterprise consists of two aspects: training and trading. They all provide valuable opportunities to our trainees, while also offering high quality products and services that the trainees are proud to be involved in.
Our Mission is to develop new opportunities, quality placements and work experience opportunities for adults with learning disabilities. The aim of these placements is to increase their quality of life, levels of confidence and self-esteem and where possible and appropriate to progress individuals into employment.
Our Vision is Empowering Lives! We are a buoyant sustainable social enterprises offering an ever-broader range of opportunities for adults with learning disabilities. The organisation wants to develop their skills and confidence, general health and wellbeing and where possible and appropriate to empower individuals in their journeys towards independent living and supported employment.