Buchan Day Opportunities Skills Development and Training

People who use Buchan Day Opportunities can take part in the day services' projects. These projects can help you develop and learn new skills.

Some people use the projects as training opportunities with a plan to developing skills to move onto other opportunities. Others access the projects as part of their daily activities.

Our projects are:

Glendaveny Bears

The Glendaveny Bears project makes high quality, traditional, hand crafted mohair teddy bears. People using the day service make and sell the bears in our shop on Broad Street, Peterhead.

There are different tasks you can do to help your coordination and develop or maintain your sewing skills. These include:

  • cutting out the mohair from the patterns
  • tacking the pieces together and unpicking the tacking
  • teasing out the stuffing for the bears

Other tasks that need to be done at the shop include:

  • serving customers
  • answering the phone
  • making tea and coffee
  • collecting tea money
  • placing orders at Buchan Embroidery
  • taking packages with bears to the Post Office

To learn more about the project and to see the bears available for sale visit the project on Facebook.

Woodcraft at Aden

This project is based in a purpose built workshop in the grounds of Aden Country Park, Mintlaw. There are three different sections to the project - garden furniture, kindlers and gardening.

Garden furniture

This project produces high quality garden furniture and other wooden items. Group members make these using Woodcraft at Aden's machinery and tools.

The furniture is sold from Willowbank and at our plant sale. Furniture is also made to order throughout the year.

There are different tasks that you can be involved with, including:

  • collecting the wood from the store
  • measuring
  • cutting the wood to size
  • assembling the product
  • sanding wood
  • painting the wood
  • drilling holes 


Kindling is made for coal fires from recycled pallets, donated by local companies.

You can do different tasks, including:

  • de-nailing the pallets
  • sawing the wood
  • chopping the wood into kindlers
  • bagging the kindlers

The finished products are sold to members of the public and local coal companies. 

Garden group

The Woodcraft at Aden group maintains part of the grounds of Willowbank. This involves cutting the grass, weeding and general ground maintenance.

The group also help maintain the grounds at the Aden Caravan Park, Mintlaw on a seasonal basis.

To learn more about Woodcraft at Aden visit the project on the Woodcraft at Aden Facebook page.

Aden Country Park craft and gift shop

People using the day service help with the day to day running of the Aden Shop, in partnership with Friends of Aden. The shop is jointly managed and administered. Day service users man the shop Monday to Friday. The Friends volunteers cover the shop at weekends.

The tasks you can be involved in include:

  • serving customers
  • using the cash till
  • stock taking
  • other numeracy and literacy tasks
  • general shop duties
  • washing the windows and hoovering 

The shop sells a range of items including children's toys, Aden souvenirs, CDs, books, and postcards, as well as a range of locally made arts and crafts including cards, bags, scarves, and jewellery.

Shop and Drop

Shop and Drop is a local service for anyone in the Peterhead area who may need a little help with their shopping.

We go to a person's home to pick up their shopping list and money. Go to their chosen shop, do the shopping, take it back and put it away, if they want. We can get anything from a loaf of bread, to a pint of milk, to their weekly shopping from any of the supermarkets or local shops in Peterhead. Or we can go to the Post Office to post a letter or a parcel.

The tasks you can be involved with include:

  • answering the phone to customers
  • meeting customers and getting their shopping
  • money skills
  • shopping
  • developing positive relationships with customers and members of the public

Fruit Mart

This community project sells affordable fruit and veg. Group members are involved in:

  • preparing fruit and vegetables orders
  • serving customers
  • money skills
  • delivering orders to local businesses
  • supporting community food outlets

The project is based in Skelton Street, Peterhead and run in partnership with Community Food Initiative North East (CFine).