Autumn Newsletter 2023

Oct 11, 2023

Moray Reach Out helping adults with disabilities gain a real sense of purpose and pride


Autumn is here!

We cannot believe that we are already in Autumn! 
We have lots of exciting news and updates for you.

Summer Coffee Morning & Raffle

Through our Summer raffle and coffee morning, that was held on the 5th of August, we have been able to raise £2490.78 to go towards Phase II of our eco-conservation garden development which will expand the type of work experience we can provide to our trainees. Phase I was very successful and we have developed an area to wash and dry fleece for our spinning project as well as a wheelchair accessible area for our staff, volunteers, and trainees. Plans for Phase II are to make the remainder of the garden accessible and safe for all.

A note from Shona:
“Thank you to the Board members for hosting a coffee morning and to everyone who helped out – both with preparations running up to the day and supporting on the day itself either by helping or attending.  The morning was a great success, especially enjoyed by many of our trainees and their families.  The raffle was a sell out!  A special thank you to Megan for managing the raffle process in my absence and for multi-tasking on the day!”

We would also like to say a massive thank you to all the local businesses who supported our raffle by donating prizes which allowed us to raise such a fantastic amount of money!

Social Investment Scotland

Moray Reach Out is delighted to announce they will receive £45,000 grant and £45,000 loan from Social Investment Scotland will be used for the exciting garden development and to complete refurbishments on the building. 

The vision is to create an accessible space which can be enjoyed by Moray Reach Out trainees, staff and volunteers but also a space we can share with other Community groups and the public on various themed open days and events.  It will be a huge asset to the community.

With this final push we are ready to begin the garden improvement, more information to follow.

MRO Fire Evacuation Training

Staff and volunteers at MRO Thrift were learning about the new fire safety evacuation procedure from Gemma and Shaun.

MRO Recycling, Elgin

The team took a refresher course on which items we recycle, and they had a great time.

They have also been planting many veggies in our MRO Upcycling planters to make the most of the Scottish Sunshine. We never knew what green thumbs they all had!

MRO Upcycling

 Our amazingly talented MRO Upcycling team have been working hard to create customer orders. Click here to see what we have made so far!

Our MRO Recycling and MRO Embroidery Team have been lending a helping hand to create the smaller products and separating pallets.

Every product is handcrafted from worn out and discarded pallets and turning them into bespoke products for the home and garden.

The process involves easing the planks off the pallets and removing the old nails. Now ready for a new life, the team design, saw, sand and fix these tired pieces of wood into wonderful products.

Buying these products helps to support and maintain these opportunities.

If you would like more info, please contact or call on 07708 660067.

MRO Embroidery

Our MRO Embroidery team have taken up weaving with willow! They are definitely multi-talented, and the products will be sold in our Elgin and Buckie shop!

We were invited to visit one of the families who have been supported by Logan’s Fund and we were incredibly honoured. Logan’s Fund has been a valued customer of our MRO Embroidery project, getting personalised embroidered teddy’s for the children who visit Sunny Days for years. We spoke to Cameron Mackintosh who is a respected member of the Logan’s Fund Team about how they found out about MRO and what they wish to let the public know about the charity. For the full blog click here.

MRO Recycling, Buckie

Recycling at Buckie continues with the van team collecting cans and plastic bottles from our valued paying customers.  We then process, separate and bale what has been collected for recycling.  Here are pictures of Charles, Kevin, Lynne & Jack building a bale of aluminium “biscuits” with Lynne & Charles feeding the plastic baler. 

We would love to welcome new trainees to the project! 
If this would be something that would be of interest for you or someone you know click here for more information.

MRO Thrift Shop

✨️100 Square Raffle✨️
MRO Thrift Shop is doing a 100 square raffle with the prize being a brand new 12inch toddler bike.
It will be drawn on the 1st of December, perfect for a Christmas present 😄
Pop down to our shop in Buckie to purchase your square, only £1! 🥳


Portsoy Wool Festival

The Portsoy Wool Festival was held on the 26th of August and we worked hard to bring a stunning selection of our hand spun yarns, fleece and beautiful artisan produce. We had a fantastic day and loved seeing everyone there.

RAF Lossiemouth Friends & Families Day – LossieFest
LossieFest was held on Saturday 22 July 23 and was an overwhelming success with nearly 4000 people attending.
Megan, Anna and Mo from our team were there raising awareness of Moray Reach Out and had a lucky dip for kids and raffle tickets for the adults!

All of our projects continue to do great work for the environment. Our trainees are very proud to be part of such projects, re-use and recycling being the main elements of the reduce, re-use and recycle mantra.

Support us by shopping with us, volunteering or donating/fundraising. 
For more info on how you can do this, contact us now on or like our Facebook page to stay updated @MorayReachOut