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 develop skills to move onto other opportunities. Others access the projects as part of their daily activities.

Our projects are:

Woodcraft at Aden

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

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.

Furniture is 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. 

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