Blue Toon fruit mart work experience for disabled

Staff at the Fruit Mart, from left: Liam Martin, Anne Halewood, Warren Thom, Craig Brown, Moira Johnston
Staff at the Fruit Mart, from left: Liam Martin, Anne Halewood, Warren Thom, Craig Brown, Moira Johnston

A fruit market that helps disabled people gain work experience has moved premises to the Buchanhaven part of Peterhead.

The Fruit Mart used to be in Longside, but moved to it’s new address at Skelton Street last week.

The charity shop is run through the Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE), which works towards improving health and wellbeing.

CFINE offers supported employment to adults with learning difficulties at the Fruit Mart.

There is currently 17 people working at the shop.

It offers volunteers a chance to get valuable experience for their CV and to learn new skills.

Customers can phone ahead with orders so they are ready to collect on arrival, and businesses in the area can arrange deliveries.

It is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

All profits are invested in the health and community development work that CFINE do in ‘disadvantaged, excluded and vulnerable communities’.

The Fruit Mart was based at the Longside location since November 2010 until they moved to the Blue Toon.

A spokesperson for CFINE told the Buchanie the new premises is ‘well situated for the local people’ and that they are ‘always looking for new volunteers’.

CFINE won the Aberdeen Impact Awards for ‘Established Social Enterprise of the Year’ in 2014.