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Fly Cup Catering Benefits From Dolphin Drilling Donation

Inverurie charity Fly Cup Catering has welcomed a £4000 donation towards new catering equipment in support of its traineeship programme.

Aberdeen based drilling contractor, Dolphin Drilling, has pledged the money towards the purchase of a new bakery oven which will be used to support Fly Cup Catering’s trainee programme for adults with learning disabilities.

Dolphin Drilling, a leading harsh environment drilling contractor for the offshore oil and gas industry, which operates a fleet of drilling rigs from offices in Stavanger, Aberdeen, Mexico and Brazil, has selected Fly Cup Catering as its local charity for 2021 and has planned a series of fundraising efforts as well as hands-on volunteer support for the charity.

Fly Cup Catering, which provides training and employment opportunities to adults with learning disabilities in the catering and hospitality sector, has welcomed the support as it reveals organisational development plans. Enhanced product and service offerings will see home deliveries, which started as a result of lockdown, become a frequent service offering, whilst plans are also underway to extend the organisation’s bakery ordering service via a new website and online ordering facility.

Fiona Allan, Trustee at Fly Cup Catering commented, “We are very grateful to Dolphin Drilling for their generous donation towards purchasing our new oven. We strive to provide our trainees with the most up to date industry training and experience, and access to modern catering equipment is important to support this. Demand for our products has increased due to the evolution of our offerings during the lockdown period, and now that our café has also reopened, our staff and trainees are looking forward to meeting this growing demand. The purchase of a new oven in the near future will certainly support this.”

Lesley Allan, charity representative for Dolphin Drilling added, “Dolphin Drilling has a long history in the North East of Scotland and we are passionate about giving back to the community and proud to be supporting local charity, Fly Cup Catering, this year. The newly renovated café looks fantastic, and we were delighted to be able to contribute £4,000 towards a new bakery oven as part of the overall development plans. The team at Dolphin and our charity committee are excited to kick start our fundraising activities to help support this important cause.”

Fly Cup Cafe Reopens Following Refurbishment

A popular Inverurie café has reopened its doors following the completion of extensive refurbishment works.

Fly Cup Catering welcomed back customers on Monday 10th May, following a prolonged period of closure due to the Covid-19 lockdown and subsequent refurbishment works.

The organisation secured in excess of £19,000 from the Community Recovery Fund to support the refurbishment project, which has facilitated a revamp of the café area, including installation of new servery units and flooring.

Fiona Allan, Trustee at Fly Cup Catering, commented, “We are excited to finally reopen our doors and share the new look café with our customers. Our sincere thanks go to the staff and volunteer team who have worked tirelessly to complete the project as quickly as possible following initial supply delays outwith our control. Special thanks must also go to local trades businesses for their support and donations towards the refurbishment efforts, including Hendersons Ltd and Craigmile Contractors, we are very grateful for their generosity. We are very much looking forward to seeing familiar and new faces visit us in the days and weeks ahead.”

The café will be open Monday to Saturday 8am – 4pm and with high demand expected, bookings for lunch time are required by calling 01467 625645. Walks-ins are welcome for breakfasts and coffees. Afternoon teas are also available with 48 hours’ notice required.

The catering team also continue to offer their meal collection and delivery service on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as the very popular takeaway afternoon teas.

For daily and weekly menus, follow Fly Cup Catering on Facebook

Funding Supports Café Refurbishment

Fly Cup Catering in Inverurie is celebrating after securing funding in excess of £19,000 from the Community Recovery Fund, which is being used towards refurbishment of their popular café.

The funds have enabled the organisation to completely revamp the café area, including new servery units and flooring. The refresh will enhance the café area, providing a welcoming and safe space for diners to enjoy.

Refurbishment works have extended beyond the anticipated finishing date, however the team at Fly Cup Catering are keen to advise that the café doors will reopen as soon as is possible.

Fiona Allan, Trustee at Fly Cup Catering, commented, “We were delighted to secure funds to give our café a refresh during lockdown, however due to supply issues outwith our control, these works have extended beyond the initial anticipated finishing date. As a result, we have had to delay reopening the café, much to the disappointment of our loyal customers, who are eager to make a return following a long period of closure due to lockdown. However, as soon as we are able to, the café will reopen and we will be delighted to warmly welcome customers once again. We’re really sorry to have to make everyone wait just a little longer before visiting us, but we promise it will be worth the wait! Thanks go to the staff and volunteer team who are working hard to support the refurbishment and getting works completed as soon as is possible”.

Meanwhile, the catering team are being kept busy with breakfast and lunchtime takeaways, available Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm, and full meal offerings available for collection or delivery on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For full details of menus, takeaway offerings and updates regarding the café opening date, please follow Fly Cup Catering on Facebook and visit their website

Staff and Volunteers Support Cafe Refurbishment

We’re Celebrating 21 Years!

We’re celebrating our 21st birthday in 2021!

We recently had a virtual afternoon tea party to celebrate our milestone, and to thank our Board, staff and trainees for their hard work and commitment to Fly Cup Catering.

Do you know our story?  Read on to find out more…

Whilst we all know that Fly Cup is a good place for a cuppa and a fine piece, we also know it is something much more.  Firstly, Fly Cup Catering Ltd is a Scottish charity, providing training and employment opportunities to adults with learning disabilities in the catering and hospitality sector.

But it was not always so.

Fly Cup Catering originated in 1995 as a project within the Harlaw Day Care Centre, initially by Sue Duncan.  It was set up as a way of getting the centre users involved with the preparation of simple sandwich lunches for the staff and other centre users.

Then, Sue Kinsay, Bill Emslie and Alistair Marr developed it as an Aberdeenshire Council venture, a venture which very quickly grew to be self sustaining. It went on to be a stand alone company and, over 21 years, from initially moving into its own premises at Unit 2, just round the corner from where we are now, it became what it is – and we’re still developing!

We have benefited from the ideas and input from several managers and, whilst the likes of Alistair Marr are no longer with us, his wife, Rosemary is still a regular and supportive figure, together with their daughter, Rachel, who is a trainee at Fly Cup.

Unit 2 became too small as the venture grew and grew and we needed more space to grow into; which is when we moved into our current premises.

When reflecting on those early days in Unit 2, when we struggled to get a quorum for a Board meeting – we only had 3 or 4 directors, being at one time in 2011, down to just Bill Emslie, Fiona, Carolyn and myself – we now look around the table and can see 10!

There is a vast wealth of experience across many disciplines and all 10 of us have varying and different levels and areas of expertise, such as: HR, accountancy, private industry, business ownership, a military background and mental health. Most, if not all have knowledge of Adults with Learning Disabilities.

Our trainees are at the core of everything we do, however we have to be a viable business in order to support them.  All board members share this same desire to give up of their time, for free, to help Fly Cup to continue functioning – for the sake of the trainees.

Over the years, there have been many people who have been involved in and with Flycup, certainly too many to mention here – but, ALL have contributed greatly to the development that is Fly Cup today – and Fly Cup is still growing.

However we cannot survive without the help and support of not only the staff of Fly Cup or the Board of Fly Cup, but also our dedicated volunteers and friends.  So thank you too for your support.

We exist to provide training and employment opportunities to adults with learning disabilities. In our view, as members of society, we have a duty of care to those less fortunate than ourselves. In contributing to that duty of care, the rewards are so incredible.

We hope you continue to enjoy our adapted services through the lockdown period, and very much look forward to opening our cafe doors in the not too distant future to welcome you back with a friendly smile and cheery greeting – and a fine piece of course!

Afternoon Teas

Fly Cup Catering has always offered afternoon teas in our cafe, a treat which has proved to be very popular with our customers!

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Fly Cup Catering Ltd,
Unit 2, Advertising House,
Blackhall Industrial Estate,
Burghmuir Circle,
AB51 4FS

Tel: 01467 625645

Scottish Charity No: SC029395

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