Janice realised that there was little provision in our rural locality for those leaving school with Additional Support Needs or lacking a positive destination for different reasons.
She was determined to create a local provision, within a safe and welcoming space, which could work in conjunction with neighbouring schools, the geographical community and other agencies to promote a different experience for learning practical life, social and craft skills in a centre with a public shop for work experience in retail and customer care.
Made in Tain is an idea conceptualised by a young person during final years at school. Being involved with a school co-operation project named “Digit” (“Dornoch, Invergordon, Golspie, In Transition”, slogan “everyone counts”) the pupil made comment, “making soap? We could do this after we leave school”. Janice Maclellan, founder trustee of Made in Tain took that idea which was realised in the centre and shop opening in June 2013.
Made in Tain exists to assist young people, in our rural locality in achieving their potential by providing a safe space to explore alternative learning avenues, employability skills, work experience and socialisation.
In 2021, our vision continues to develop as we determine the impact of Covid-19 on the lives of those we seek to help.
About Made in Tain
While attending Made in Tain, you can select from a number of practical, craft and customer care related courses which help develop a range of transferrable skills. The business element of Made in Tain is hand producing gift items such as soap, candles, lipbalm, bathbombs, greetings cards, and fabric items such as bags, cushions and lavender hearts.
Those who benefit most from attending Made in Tain are between the ages of 16 – 25 years. These are school pupils or post-school students. School pupils are funded by the school and post-school placements are funded through Highland Council NHS care, Positive Pathways or Self-directed Support. The funding for the base materials for craft projects is raised by selling the hand made gifts to the public.
SCIO – Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Made in Tain is governed by a “Board of Trustees” complying with OSCR regulations. There are also “members” who are people interested in the work of the charity. Employed staff run the day-to-day activities of the skills development and shop. Volunteers help in many ways such as running the shop on a Saturday, getting alongside students to help with practical skills and donating their time and talents to support the charities’ work.
All staff and volunteers comply with GDPR and Scottish PVG Disclosure.