Caberfeidh Horizons is a charity and social enterprise set up in 2004 and located in Kingussie, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. We meet a local need to provide training, support and work experience to adults and young people in the community who have learning difficulties, mental health issues, addiction problems or who are long-term unemployed. We currently support around 50 “trainees” and manage this purely through fundraising and applying for grants.
We have a dedicated Board of Directors and a small, mainly grant-funded team. Most importantly, we have the support of over 70 local volunteers who man our Bookshop, Charity Shop and Community Hub as well as helping us run events and giving their time and experience in many other ways to support our clients.
Our vision underpins everything that we do and how we do it. Our aspiration for Caberfeidh Horizons is for the community of Kingussie and the surrounding area to be a place where those most disadvantaged and disengaged become positive contributors and are included and valued in their community, thus alleviating isolation and loneliness.
Our mission is to improve the future prospects of the adults and young people we work with by providing training, work experience and social opportunities to increase their confidence, health, life skills and community involvement. There is an ever-increasing demand for the services which we offer.
Our current board of 10 volunteer Directors represent the local community, local carers and community groups. They bring a wide range of experience to Caberfeidh, with backgrounds ranging from teaching, HR and tourism to nursing and business. The Board of Directors has robust procedures ensuring strong governance and meets once a month.
Project Manager – The smooth running of all aspects of Caberfeidh Horizons is managed by our Project Manager, who is responsible to the Board of Directors.
Assistant Project Manager – helps with the daily running of the Bookshop and Charity Shop volunteers and administrative aspects of the project.
Community Hub Manager - this role is tasked with developing the old Bank of Scotland building in Kingussie to provide new and different opportunities for our trainees. The Hub has two meeting rooms, a workshop for upcycling, laundry facilities and a large retail space where the community can come together and support our project.
Training and Activities Officers – we have 2 training officers who deliver the daily programme of activities and training to our trainees. They work closely with each individual to develop their skills and provide them with social opportunities to increase their confidence, health, life skills and community involvement.
Our project relies on over seventy active volunteers, ranging in age from sixteen to over eighty. They staff both the Bookshop and the Charity Shop and are vital for the smooth running of our Community Hub. They work half-day shifts to cover the shops 6 days per week on a rota basis.
The Project Manager and the Training and Activities Officers are responsible for the day to day training of our client group, however volunteers also assist in many of our activities as well as supporting our many fundraising events.
We also benefit from enormous support from the community in general. We currently have an extensive list of 226 members - all individuals who have interest in the project – which illustrates how much Caberfeidh Horizons is regarded as vital within the community.