Spring Newsletter 2022

May 23, 2022

MRO Newsletter

Spring 2022

Time for your seasonal update
& there is exciting news to share!


Spring is here! 

Moray Reach Out has some great news to share with you all. We were successful with an application to the National Lottery Community Fund for 2 x 25-hour posts for our MRO Art Yarn (Spinning) and MRO Upcycling projects. Not just for one year, but for three years.   The advert can be seen below.  Please feel free to share within your networks. These posts will be filled ready to start in July. There is also £7000 towards tools and equipment for the projects. The total funding will be £94,000 over the 3 years.

Our application to Digital Boost was also successful and we will be using the 50% funding to create a new website to help our followers and customers access the information they need, ideally within 3 clicks!

We are fundraising to develop the next stage of the garden via a Spring Raffle. See details below. Buckie High School have also approached us as an option to nominate for their YPI project. We thank Buckie High pupils and wish them well with their presentations and the competition to win £3000 towards their chosen charity.

For Spring, our MRO Upcycling team have been busy preparing seed trays, planters and herb boxes. These are beautiful and are for sale at our premises, and through our online shop. So useful, yet attractive and all hand-crafted by an MRO trainee, project assistant or volunteer. The name of the person who made the item is on the MRO Product label, a special touch to recognise their work.
Our Embroidery team have created an environmentally-friendly sandwich wrap, which can be washed and re-used. No more cling film waste!  What a great idea and at a very reasonable price.

The Yarns and Crafts team continue to stock amazing yarn, something for most knitting or crocheting projects. There will be more workshops delivered for those wishing to learn to knit or crochet, but we will wait until things settle down with regards COVID.

MRO Recycling and MRO Thrift 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.


Moray Reach Out has been awarded funding by the National Lottery Community Fund for 2 x 25+ hours positions for 3 years, which is super exciting!

We have now become a member of Circular Communities Scotland.

New MRO Spring Products

Spring is the best time to get outdoors, so why not pop over to one of our stores and pick yourself up one of our amazing eco-friendly, handmade, upcycled products. 

– Herb Boxes
– Insect Hotels
– Seed Boxes
– Planter Boxes
– Squirrel Feeders


Organisations we work in partnership with include Moray Firth Credit Union (MFCU), who can be found in our Head Office at 23 East Church Street, Buckie every Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The MFCU staff and volunteers will be happy to tell you about savings, loans, etc. A Private room is available in our meeting room behind the scenes, and general info out in the Thrift Shop area (upstairs). Please do come along and find out more. They are very friendly and helpful.

Spring Raffle

We are holding a Spring Raffle that will be drawn on the 12th of May to raise money to aid us with the development of our garden to enhance our training opportunities and community experience. In particular, we are looking to raise money to create a wheelchair-accessible and eco-friendly conservation area for our staff, volunteers and trainees and the public on any open days we hold. This will allow us to create a new gardening project for our trainees which will expand the type of work experience we can provide.

We have so many great prizes so far.
Our top three (above), £45 Beauty Voucher from MK Nailland, £20 Voucher at Grampian Hotel in Keith, Walker’s hamper, Wines, Whiskies and many more.

If you wish to to purchase tickets (£1 per ticket), pop along to one of our shops and pick some up. Not only will you be helping us raise money for an amazing cause but you may also win one of our fantastic prizes!

Training & Trading in Retail, Recycling and Crafts

(Above: Embroidery trainees celebrating International Women’s day)

MRO has 7 different projects running throughout the Moray area, all of which provide placements for adults with learning disabilities and those who are suffering/recovering from mental health problems. 
MRO supports mental health and wellbeing, not just with our trainees but our volunteers and staff as well.
 MRO Yarns & Crafts @mroyarnsandcrafts

A fabulous selection of yarn to knit and crochet with, as well as helpful advice and guidance on those patterns when you need it. Buttons, ribbons, and other haberdashery. Trainees had an amazing time this Valentines creating their own cards for their loved ones.

MRO Embroidery & Fine Gifts @mroembroidery

From one-off embroidered items for the perfect gift to embroidery for company uniforms, organisations and clubs
We now have a lovely range of reusable sandwich wraps available now for only £4.50.
Lots of different designs with more to come. Lovingly handmade with our trainees ☺️

A great, eco-friendly alternative to clingfilm, aluminium foil, plastic containers etc. 🌱
Made from cotton on the outside and waterproof nylon inside. Washing machine friendly ✅️
Zero waste ✅️

MRO Thrift Shop @mrothriftshop

From second hand clothing, shoes, bags,  books, bric-a-brac, household items and more at thrift prices. We have a high turnover in items so it is definitely worth coming in as you never know what hidden gems you might find.
We do have an amazing deal on at the moment:
10 CDs or 10 DVDs or 10 Paperback Books or 10 of any COMBO for only £1! 🤯
We have so much to choose from, come on in and see for yourself 🥰
Our lovely ladies below sorting out our donated books from our supporters.

Click below to be re-directed to our MRO sites for more information!
Embroidery Catalogue
MRO Shop
Facebook Page

All MRO projects support mental health and wellbeing for all