Members Network

Our members are organisations which trade in goods or services and link that trade to social objectives; they include community enterprises, credit unions, trading arms of charities, employee owned businesses, co-operatives, housing associations and social firms.

asc_logo_8000pxAberdeen Science Centre
179 Constitution Street
AB24 5TU
Tel number: 01224 640340


Established in 1989, Aberdeen Science Centre is a pioneer of interactive science discovery in Scotland. Today our enthusiastic and dynamic team continues to develop interactive and contemporary programmes that transport visitors, of all ages and backgrounds, to the heart of discovery. We attract 53,000 visitors each year, bringing topical issues to the fore through exhibitions, debates, shows and workshops that challenge views and explore evidence. We bring cutting edge research to life through collaboration with universities and industry partners. We host major events for high profile celebrations such as National Science and Engineering Week and European Researchers’ Night. With an exhibition area of 500m2, a fully equipped discovery lab, show theatre and a lively coffee shop, we offer and host a rich mix of engagement activities and formats.

Aberdeen Science Centre is a non-profit organisation whose ambitious and dedicated Education Team aims to provide:

  • An important and valuable educational resource for the whole community where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can come and engage with science and be enthused and inspired.
  • Science learning experiences that encourage active involvement in learning with hands-on exhibits, investigative workshops and exciting shows and demonstrations.
  • An environment that promotes curiosity and life-long learning

Tel number: 01224 212924
Facebook – /aberdeenfoyer
Twitter – @aberdeenfoyer

“Everyone needs a home, support and a springboard into independent living, learning and work. Some don’t have it. Aberdeen Foyer helps fill the gap”.

The Foyer is a successful social enterprise working to support individuals in communities in the North East of Scotland. Established in Aberdeen in 1995 in response to concerns about youth homelessness and unemployment, the Foyer has reached beyond its early focus and provides various services across the region.

The Foyer helps people build confidence and develop their skills and talents to make major changes in their lives.

We provide accommodation with support to former homeless and at risk young people. We deliver linked up services – education, training, mentoring, counselling, employment support and health improvement initiatives.

Foyer Enterprise is the trading subsidiary of Aberdeen Foyer and operates businesses with 3 social purposes: to generate income to support the work of the Foyer in alleviating youth homelessness and unemployment in the wider community, to raise the profile of the work of the Foyer and to create employment and training opportunities for people who are severely disadvantaged in the labour market.

Foyer Graphics a graphic design company based in Aberdeen, specialising in design for print, corporate branding, web design and all areas of creative design, consultancy and development. Find our studio at 6 Rubislaw Terrace Lane, Aberdeen AB10 1XF. Contact the team on 01224 562865 or or follow us on twitter @foyergraphics or like us on Facebook /foyergraphics  website:

Roadwise Driver Training provides innovative driver training aimed improving road safety for all road users as well as a range of training for learner drivers. For driver safety solutions please call 01224 373870 / 0800 151642 or, or follow us on twitter @roadwiseDT or like us on Facebook /RoadwiseDT  website:

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Arts Centre & Theatre Aberdeen (ACT Aberdeen) are recognised nationally as an inclusive community hub which hosts arts activities across a wide demographic.  With our ethos of “everyone is entitled to an enriching cultural life, regardless of age or social circumstance”, we are a truly intergenerational organisation, with performing arts tuition at the heart of what we do.

More than 100,000 individuals pass through the ACT doors each year, with over 40 professional, amateur and youth companies who rely on us as the only mid-scale theatre venue in the North East of Scotland.  Our backbone is our 80 strong volunteer base, supporting our dedicated core staff, who continue to provide excellent service coupled with affordable performance, conference and rehearsal space for City and Shire organisations.

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Improving Health and Well Being: Business for Community Benefit
2-4 Poynernook Road,
Aberdeen, AB11 5RW
Tel: 01224 596156

CFINE improves health and well-being, addresses environmental issues, increases employability and creates employment for and with  disadvantaged, vulnerable and excluded individuals, families and communities in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray (FareShare only). To deliver this, CFINE provides a range of services and support including: Community Food Outlets; recruitment, training and support to volunteers; FareShare (over past year >400 tonnes of produce distributed saving >200 tonnes of carbon emissions); Cook at the ‘Nook, our community training kitchen; Zero Waste Scotland project; support to ex-offenders; lead partner in Food Poverty Action Aberdeen (61 partners) and Aberdeen City Food Network (18 partners) – etc etc, for full info contact us or visit the web site. Enterprise activities include: selling fruit, veg and other products eg healthy snacks, pulses; renting office space; recycling income; education classes; selling ‘Cook School’ training at the ‘Nook.  CFINE has a charitable company which manages our work for community benefit and a wholly owned trading subsidiary company which manages our enterprise activities.

For more information, contact Fiona or Dave on 01224 596156; or email us on, website:

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Aberdeen Contact: 07788 319605  or  Head Office: 01913751050

Co-wheels car club is a national Social Enterprise that operates in 60 locations across the UK.  Aberdeen is a key location for our Scottish operation and we work closely with Aberdeen City Council to deliver the On Street Car Club operation which provides Aberdeen members with over 40 vehicles across the city to access hire by the hour.  The Car Club service provides an alternative to car ownership in the city both for residents and businesses who are able to access the latest l
ow emission vehicles including electric cars.

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14 Whitemyres Avenue, Aberdeen AB16 6HQ
Tel: 01224 873366
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Glencraft is a manufacturer of high quality beds and mattresses, offering dignity through work to employees with a range of abilities and disabilities. We are a trading social enterprise and registered charity providing employment to 45 members of staff, c80% of whom are disabled or disadvantaged. Our main objective as a social enterprise and growing business is to continue to provide “Dignity through Work” to our passionate, skilled colleagues. Consequently we have in place a strong staff training system which allows open discussion on training needs and developing our staff in both craftsman skills, administration and business skills.

We take pride in our workforce and the impressive skill sets that exist within each of them. Within our history you will see that the Glencraft team is resilient, determined to be the best in adversity and produce products which are unique in terms of their overall quality and added value to the community. Essentially a handcrafted operation, our factory and workshops allow us to create and manufacture non-standard items to meet customer’s individual specifications and requirements.

People come to Glencraft because they trust the quality of our products and because of the emphasis that we place on excellent customer service.

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101 George Street
AB25 1HU
Tel:  01224 622390

Home-Start Aberdeen’s social enterprise charity shop opened in November 2012 to provide an additional funding stream to support and grow its work with local families.  All funds raised remain within the city.

As well as raising valuable funds for the charity, the shop also provides opportunities for parents and local people to develop their retail skills through volunteering.  The shop encourages donations by offering an uplift service from businesses and households within the city – a service which is carried out by volunteer drivers.

As well as accepting donations of clothing, baby equipment and household items, Home-Start Aberdeen’s shop also stocks and sells local craft work. The Inner Wheel of Aberdeen St Fittick has run a successful project to make tartan items for exclusive sale in the shop.

The shop also plays host to a selected number of special events throughout the year. In December it is transformed into an affordable Santa’s grotto for local families in partnership with the Rotary Club of Aberdeen St Fittick.

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Café Coast
Café Coast
Beach Boulevard
AB24 5HP
Tel: 01224 594488

Café Coast is a new, modern Café/Bistro located on Aberdeen’ Beach Boulevard. As a social firm Café Coast offers training and employment opportunities to people with learning disabilities and other support needs.
Enjoy a café atmosphere by day whilst we serve breakfast, lunch, home bakes and fine coffees and beverages. Currently we are open Mon-Fri but plan to open 7 days and evenings in 2008. Cafe Coast will transform into a Bistro by night providing a more intimate dining experience. We serve a selection of fine wines and beers and have a relaxing terrace area.

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inspire conferences
Beach Boulevard
AB24 5HP
Tel: 01224 280005

inspire conferences is a brand new meeting and conference venue with a difference. As a social firm we offer training and employment opportunities to people with learning disabilities and other support needs.
inspire conferences has a variety of rooms and suites for hire, all finished to the highest specifications. Located on Aberdeen’s Beach Boulevard, inspire conferences is easily accessible from all main arterial routes, within eight miles of Aberdeen airport and five minutes walk to the shopping hub of Aberdeen. Restricted on-site parking is available whilst additional free parking is only a five-minute walk from the facilities.

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Real help today, hope for tomorrow.

Did you know that one in ten people in Aberdeen lives in deprivation?

Instant Neighbour tackles this shocking statistic by providing practical support to people living on low incomes in Aberdeen City and Shire.

We recycle and distribute quality used furniture, clothing, child safety packs and baby equipment to people living on low incomes.

We also distribute non-perishable food packages and can provide assistance moving house or storing furniture for people living on low incomes.

For further information please visit

Tel: (01224) 489955
or (01224) 488084

or email

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Address: 24 Victoria Road, Aberdeen , AB11 9DR
Telephone no : 01224 899688

Nescu was established in 2004 when it was formed by amalgamation of smaller credit unions through regulatory changes. We now have over 3500 members with over £1 Million in savings in the communities of the North East of Scotland.

We operate to give options for savings and loans to each and every member of the community.  We provide an alternative to those lending money with high interest rates i.e. Payday and doorstop lenders.

We currently have over 112 Volunteers that help us on a number of projects and assist in the running of our collection points throughout the North East of Scotland, help with administration in our main office and sit on the Board of Directors.

What we can offer to our Membership :-

  • As other credit unions we offer the basic savings and loan options
  • Our interest is maximum of 2% (26.82%APR) per month unlike both other credit unions in the region who can charge up to 4% 60.10%APR)
  • White Goods and Electrical goods Schemes both as an individual and as a housing group scheme through
  • Carpets and beds both as an individual and as a housing group scheme
  • Fuel solutions
  • Low cost computer and printer packages.
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Payroll deduction
  • Corporate accounts
  • Pre-paid Debit card scheme.
  • Keeping money in the community.

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21 Castle Street
AB11 5BQ
Tel number: 01224 639 539

Peacock Visual Arts is the main contemporary visual arts organisation in Aberdeen and the North-east of Scotland and is supported by Aberdeen City Council, the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen. We organise an annual programme of national and international contemporary art exhibitions, as well as talks, critical debates and workshops. We also provide the widest range of media openly available anywhere in Scotland. These facilities include the hire of video equipment and the use of our printmaking workshops and photography darkroom.

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North-East Scotland’s Magazine of new Writing and the Visual Arts

POTB is ‘probably the best regional literary magazine in Scotland’ and is ‘ home ‘for high quality writing, with a unique blend of the local and the global’ We play an integral role in supporting and developing the North-East’s literary sector. and we have grown significantly since our establishment in 2000.  POTB is well-respected locally and, increasingly, worldwide, and is proud of its roots in North-East Scotland. Now a SCIO, we continue to operate as a voluntary enterprise,

Our team comprises diverse members with an abundance of professional skills of all ages. We are pleased to offer opportunities to our magazine contributors, who include in particular: youngsters [age 12 to 18]; the first-time published; and those writing in Doric & Scots.

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1 Cotton Street
AB11 5EE
01224 213 005

Scarf is an accomplished social enterprise, headquartered in Aberdeen, delivering a range of services to householders, businesses and communities throughout Scotland.  Launching in 1985, scarf’s original aim was to eradicate fuel poverty. Although this purpose remains at our core, scarf has developed into a professional social enterprise making a practical difference to individuals and organisations.

As an established social enterprise scarf works closely with our staff, partners, businesses and the local community to ensure that everything we do makes a positive difference.  Scarf is recognised as the 30th best not for profit organisation to work for in the Sunday Times Best Companies awards. We are a living wage employer and work with our partners to develop employability opportunities.

Home Energy Scotland (0808 808 2282)

Home Energy Scotland provides free, impartial advice on making your home warmer, more affordable and greener. Whatever your circumstances and wherever you live in Scotland, Home Energy Scotland can help.  Scarf operates Home Energy Scotland in the north east under management of the Energy Saving Trust.

Home Energy Advice Teams (HEAT) (0808 129 0888)

Our trained energy advisors can offer an in depth, in home advice service to residents in the north east.  Whether it is advice on fuel debt, switching suppliers or energy efficiency, the HEAT team will be on hand to help.

Contact Centres

Scarf delivers a number of advice services through an established contact centre infrastructure.  If you need support in this way, either for outbound or inbound calls, assistance with call volumes, data handling or a specific promotional campaign, please get in touch.

Training & Skills Development

As a City & Guilds centre, Scarf offers a number of training services for energy advisors and community champions – please get in touch for more information.  We also work with The Pacific Institute to deliver personal and professional development programmes to help people and organisations reach their true potential.

Scarf Commercial Energy

In partnership with Citrus Energy, Scarf can offer an energy brokering service to the business community in the north east.  This can achieve significant savings for your organisation and all profits are reinvested back into supporting our fuel poverty work.

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PrintStation House Media Unit (shmu)
Station House
Station Road
AB24 2WB
01224 515013

Station House Media Unit, established as a charity in 2003, is one of the core cultural organisations in Aberdeen, and is at the forefront of Community Media development in Scotland, supporting residents in the seven regeneration areas of the city in radio and video production, traditional and on-line publications, music production and digital inclusion. The Organisation also supports other disadvantaged communities, both geographic and communities of interest, with an employability and training arm and a programme for prisoners, both pre and post-release.

Successful initiatives have made the organisation a nationally recognised centre of excellence and created models of good practice in: youth work; regeneration; digital inclusion; adult and family literacy and numeracy; community capacity building; personal and community development; employability skills; criminal justice, and the curriculum for excellence.

The following tools and platforms are presently used to achieve the above:

shmuFM broadcasts a variety of issue-based, music and community radio programming on 99.8FM. Volunteers from the regeneration areas are offered full training & support in order to produce and present their own radio show.

shmuPRESS supports our communities to produce their own magazines to reflect the issues and concerns of their area and also to celebrate and share good news stories.

shmuTV offers training and support for all stages of the film-making process, from script to screen, and produces commissioned work for local projects.

shmuTRAIN is our employability arm and supports 14-19yr olds who are in, or likely to fall into, the MCMC category in the city into a positive destination (education, employment or training).

shmuSOUND supports the local contemporary music scene (with a specific focus on the regeneration areas of the city) and focusses on supporting artists and bands to record, promote and broadcast new music.  The strand is also responsible for the development of a sustainable community focussed recording studio based in the Torry Sports & Leisure Centre.

Youth Media Project provides opportunities for young people to participate in creative opportunities across all our media platforms, including the production of regular live radio and TV broadcasts, film-making projects, magazine and music creation and production, and citizen journalism activities.

Media Access Project (MAP) delivers a comprehensive 5-year programme of media based training and production delivered within HMP & YOI Grampian, leading to enhanced core skills, accreditation, positive destinations for prisoners post-release, reductions in risks of harm to communities and risks of re-offending.

shmuTRADE is the Social Enterprise arm of shmu, which is building on a number of existing income generating strands (Video, Digital, Sound, Design) to offer the Organisation the flexibility to invest in our services with less reliance on grant funding.

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the bread maker
50-52 Rosemount Viaduct
AB25 1NT
Tel/Fax: 01224 641520

“the bread maker” trades as an artisan bakery and coffee house in the centre of Aberdeen offering meaningful training and work for adults with learning disabilities.

“the bread maker” runs as a viable business and provides a high standard in supported work which includes complementary therapies, work experience out with Rosemount and access to other training opportunities.

The 23 apprentices, 9 staff and 9 volunteers create a range of high quality breads, confectionery and sandwiches in a relaxed modern coffee house.

As a social firm the bread makers directors and staff focus both on the business and social aims of the organisation keeping both in the forefront of our aims and objectives.

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Links Road
Queens Links
Aberdeen AB24 5NN
Scottish charity (SC036358)
Tel:  +44 (0)1224 626279

Transition Extreme is an innovative and successful social enterprise that operates an international-class extreme sports complex on the beachfront in Aberdeen.  Our mission is to assist young people in making positive life transitions.  We do this by providing a wide range of innovative sports, creative arts, diversionary, employability, educational and enterprise activities.

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VSA (main office)
38 Castle Street
AB11 5YU
Tel: +44 1224 212 021
Fax: +44 1224 580 722
Web site:

VSA is a major social care charity based in Aberdeen and branching into the North East of Scotland.

VSA continues to develop its services to meet the ever changing needs of the local community, supporting individuals and families, young and old, and providing the best of care and support while fostering independence and building self confidence.

Our services cover all age groups and include care homes, housing with support services and outreach services for older people and people who experience mental health problems; training and potential employment opportunities for people with a learning disability; information and support services for carers and young carers in Aberdeen and North and South Aberdeenshire; counselling for children and young people; services for children with additional support needs; and a variety of opportunities for volunteering throughout the agency.