Community award for Darlings’ boss

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THE MANAGER of an Arbroath social enterprise cafe open less than a year has been recognised with a community award.

Doreen Walkinshaw, ENABLE Scotland’s enterprise manager responsible for opening Darlings Coffee Shop at 134 High Street was presented with the prestigious Community Woman award at the Women Ahead Awards in Dundee on Saturday evening.

Darlings, which opened in June, is an ENABLE Scotland project aimed at developing the employability of young people in Arbroath with learning disabilities.

Doreen was able to establish key partnerships and thoroughly research the area before opening and as a result over 60 young people have benefited from the Darlings programme.

She said: “I am extremely proud to have won this award which I see as recognition of the efforts of the many people who make Darlings Coffee Shop the success it is.

“Darlings is a young business which is already having a big impact on the coffee drinkers and ‘people who lunch’ in Angus and, more importantly, on the lives of our trainees and the people who surround them. I want to thank Women Ahead for this recognition.”

Chair of Women Ahead, Wendy Maltram said: “It has been a huge pleasure to host this event, and give women in business the opportunity to showcase their achievements.

“It is an opportunity to praise and reward the most talented women amongst us for their achievements in business and the community, recognising their hard work and dedication.”