Ellon training groups join to offer up festive market

Work from Benchmark will feature at the Xmas market this month
Work from Benchmark will feature at the Xmas market this month

Local organisations in Ellon have grouped together to offer up a festive market every week in the town for shoppers.

The town’s Resource Centre hold a pop-up shop on a Friday in the Ythan Centre which also allows four service users to gain shop work experience.

Senior Day Centre Officer at the Centre - Helen Henderson - thought it would be a good idea to join forces with their own training projects in the town.

Helen said: “I thought it might be good for our profile and for our allied projects such as Benchmark and Can-Do to have a Christmas market in the hall at the Ythan Centre and luckily, it was available on Wednesdays.”

The market runs from 10am to 2pm every Wednesday until December 17.

A wide range of items will be on offer for the whole family.

Helen added: “We will have two stalls from Fair Trade, decorations and cards from the Resource Centre, a Benchmark stall, a Can-Do stall, The Inverythan Centre (arts & crafts) and Ellon Ladies Who Craft (knitted goods and much more) will be there every week and other stalls.”

Benchmark supports adults with learning disabilities by providing practical work experience. The project work out of a unit at Castle Park Industrial Estate. For more details telephone 01358 729999.

Can-Do Community Recycling offers a training project for adults with learning disabilities. Running five days a week, users collect and recycle aluminium drinks cans and plastic bottles from the area. For more information call 01358 722517.