SNP MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw, Clare Adamson, this week accompanied the Social Security Minister, Jeane Freeman MSP, at a visit to Motherwell-based social enterprise Windmills Café.

The vision for Windmills began in 2006 when a group of pupils from Firpark School formed a committee to help young people with learning disabilities gain equal access to work experience opportunities. Windmills has developed award-winning teaching resources which allows young people with learning disabilities, including low literacy groups, to achieve mainstream qualification and ‘hands on’ experience.

The café currently has three young people on a formal Modern Apprenticeships, as well as eighteen trainees who are all gaining vital life-skills such as food and drink preparation, table service and social skills.

Ms Freeman and Ms Adamson met with Joy Gillespie, Development Manager of Windmills, and heard about their ambitious plans for local young people. The SNP politicians were then given a tour of the café by third-year apprentice Keith Campbell while trainee Ross Adamson demonstrated his barista skills.

Commenting, Clare Adamson MSP said:

“I was pleased to welcome the Minister to my constituency and to the excellent Windmills Café.”

“Windmills provide a vital service for young people in the local area which equips them with vital life-skills and the opportunity to move on to mainstream employment.

“The café has recently undergone a re-launch following refurbishment and I would highly recommend that people get down to try their new menu”.


Copyright 2015 Clare Adamson MSP