This month the Breadworks bakery at Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders opened for business. Established by Working Together, the bakery not only produces read bread every week, but provides job training for people with learning disabilities in the region. The bakery was established as a development franchisee of Breadshare and is helping us build a franchising package for prospective community bakeries.
Working Together is a day service within Central Borders who support adults with learning disabilities to gain the necessary skills to enable them to seek and sustain employment opportunities. They have two units: a woodwork mill in Selkirk producing garden items such as planters and benches; and a unit in Tweedbank doing contract work for a variety of local companies as well as recycling, print and catering. It is this second unit that is looking at starting the Borders’ second community bakery.