The Rosie's story began in 1994 with the opening of a cosy workshop where people who needed a little extra support in life came together to practice their work-skills by making (and then selling) beautiful hand-crafted goods. Customers loved the idea of buying goods from people who were helping their own recovery by making crafts, and where the profit went straight back into the charity.
Since then Rosie's has grown into a portfolio of successful, diverse and award-winning social businesses, where we hand-make our products with care. Our customers are attracted to us because of the quality, beauty and value of our goods as well as the care we offer each and every customer – but look closer and you will be amazed that our not-for-profit work involves supporting those who need extra employability support.
The fantastic work of Rosie's Social Enterprises was recognised when they received the PwC Award for Excellence in Business in the Scottish heat of the Private Business Awards 2012.
They received this coveted award at a dinner hosted by PwC and held at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh.
Further to this recognition, Rosie's were also invited to attend the final of the Private Business Awards at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden where they gained some fantastic exposure when the brand and the social aims of the business model were shared with the guests, including representatives from top business such as Dyson, The White Company and JCB.
A wonderful experience and achievement for all involved with Rosie's and Turning Point Scotland.
From humble beginnings, Rosie's has grown into a suite of successful social businesses where we offer customers an unrivalled level of customer service and the highest quality designer products. Every penny you spend at Rosie's goes back into supporting our social aims.
1994 - Pip Crafts cosy workshop developed in Aberdeen by Turning Point Scotland to help those who needed a little extra support.
1999 - Rosie's Cafe opens in Rosemount area of Aberdeen (hence the Rosie's name) to support people with mental health issues to practice their work-skills.
2001 - Pip Crafts relocated to 45-49 Holburn Street. Picture This picture framing workshop and shop called Tee Pee opened. Made possible by a Big Lottery grant. Thank you Lottery!
2006 - Serious development of the Rosie's Social Enterprise model, where business is combined with care.
2008 - Successful bid to the Big Lottery for funding for Rosie's Cafe. Thank you again Lottery!
2009 - Began selling only top quality, handmade Scottish products.
2010 - Finalists in Team of the Year category at the Scottish Social Service Council Care Accolades.
2011 - Rebranding of all social enterprises to Rosie's.
2012 - Launch of Rosie's Wedding Stationery. Won Highly Commended award in the local Trend Awards for best new business.
2012 - Won Best Social Enterprise in Scotland at the PWC Private Business Awards.
2013 - Went live on Facebook. Like us!
2014/15 - Launched our web site!
Behind the scenes
Whether it's delightful wedding stationery, a spectacular bespoke picture frame or a delicious soup and sandwich combo; when you buy from Rosie's, not only are you guaranteed a quality product, you are also helping to fund the fabulous behind the scenes work we do supporting people recovering from mental health issues or an acquired brain injury.
Our amazing and talented service users attend placements in either our workshops or at the cafe. Being part of our thriving businesses helps them to gain confidence, learn new skills through training and support, and move on in their lives. The Rosie's team of staff provide the expertise needed to run an amazing high end business and provide the care and support needed to bring out the best in the talented people who use our service.
We're professionals in a multitude of disciplines from art to cookery and community support: in short Rosie's is a special place where our people are creative and supportive, we love what we do and think you will too!
If you are, or work with, someone who needs a little support to move on in their life or is keen to get working again and off benefits, the referral process is easy! Just download our referral form and email it to email@example.com or post it to Rosie's Social Enterprises, 45-49 Holburn Street, Aberdeen, AB10 6BR.
Alternatively, we're a friendly bunch so why not pop into the cafe or shop to enquire in person? Whoever you are we guarantee a warm Rosie's welcome.
You're also welcome to call us on 01224 575196 or for enquiries at the cafe 01224 626214. Just ask to speak to one of our Employment Development Workers.