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Rosie's Cafe in Aberdeen wins £380,000 Lottery funds

Rosie's Cafe [Pic: Turning Point / Lenny Warren]
Image caption Rosie's Cafe is a social enterprise in the Rosemount area on Aberdeen

An Aberdeen cafe which helps people experiencing or recovering from mental health issues has won a £380,000 award from the Big Lottery Fund.

Rosie's Cafe is a social enterprise in the Rosemount area run by Turning Point Scotland (TPS).

It provides training, work experience and employment. The money will be used to provide more work experience and full-time jobs in the cafe.

TPS chief executive Martin Cawley said they were proud of Rosie's Cafe.

He said: "I am delighted that Rosie's has been awarded a Big Lottery Fund grant to continue creating employability opportunities in Aberdeen."

Employee Kevin McCann, 47, said: "Rosie's Cafe has been a lifeline for me. At Rosie's they see the person, not the illness."

Alison Magee, Big Lottery Fund Scotland's chair, said: "Thanks to its staff, in front of and behind the scenes, Rosie's Cafe is helping to reduce the stigma of mental ill health by proving that this need not be a barrier to work."

Rosie's was among three Scottish projects receiving almost £1.9m of funding.

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