Cranberry Tearoom ‘stars’ attend sensory impairment award ceremony

Posted: 17/11/2016 | Adult Services,

The team behind Royal Blind’s Cranberry Tearoom are celebrating after winning the first runner up prize in a sensory impairment awards ceremony.

Cranberry Tearoom tea accept awardYoung adults have been serving up delicious food to their friends and relatives at the tearoom for more than two years.

The weekly event was set up to as a project for residents of Royal Blind’s Adult Services to foster a shared sense of purpose, to develop their independent living skills and to bring residents together for a regular social activity.

Now the Cranberry Tearoom has been awarded the first runner up prize in the Children and Young People Achievement category of the Scottish Council of Deafness’ Star Awards.

The awards recognise organisations or individuals whose values, work and activities benefit people living with a sensory impairment in Scotland.

Residents Alex, Nathan and Andrew accepted the certificate along with staff from Forward Vision at the SCoD Stars Awards ceremony in Glasgow in November, along with staff Marilyn, Angie, Susan, Nikki and Louise.

Marilyn, who oversees the running of the Cranberry Tearoom, said: “It was a brilliant day and it was really great to have the young people there to share in the achievement, because this their weekly job, their project and they’ve done really well.”

Alex, Nathan and Andrew are servers in the tearoom while their fellow residents from Forward Vision and Allermuir help with shopping and baking for the tearoom.

All the money raised through sales from the tearoom goes towards funding new equipment for the Adult Services and collections for other charities.

Marilyn added: “I’m really proud of how far the tearoom has come in two and a half years. It’s always very busy with a great atmosphere. Lots of the families come down and it’s a real highlight of the week for all of us.”