Fairlogie Cafe is a thriving social enterprise run by the primary six pupils of Carlogie Primary School in Panbride Hall, Newton Church. The pupils are involved in all aspects of the cafe including sales, marketing and finance.
They plan, organise and host the cafe themselves with support from their teachers Mrs Oldham and Mrs Ross. Their main aim is to educate the people of Carnoustie about the benefits of buying Fairtrade.
The Co-operative Education Trust for Scotland (CETS) was so impressed with their business that they asked them to write a guide for running a Fairtrade Cafe to help other schools and organisations to start a similar project. The guide is available through the Scottish Fairtrade Forum.
CETS awarded each pupil a Co-operative Award and these were recently presented to a selection of the children at the International Year of the Co-operative Event at New Lanark Heritage Centre.
The children prepared a folder of evidence that detailed their journey and experiences. This evidence was submitted to Youth Scotland which awarded each of the 52 children a Dynamic Youth Award.
Fairlogie has now been given national recognition by the Social Enterprise Academy. John Swinney MSP presented the children with a ‘Social Enterprise Award in Schools’ at an event in the Hub, Edinburgh.
The cafe is open on the third Wednesday of every month in Panbride Hall, Newton Church, Arbroath Road, Carnoustie from 10 to 11.30 a.m. The next cafe is on September 19.