Spring newsletter 2023

Mar 22, 2023

spring 2023

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

MRO News

Spring is here!

We cannot believe that we are already in Spring! We hope that everyone had a fantastic winter period, the team here at Moray Reach Out definitely has! We would like to share all of our exciting news and upcoming events!

Our Team

Congratulations to Jordon Stevenson for becoming a valued member of our MRO Upcycling project.
We are also very happy to introduce two new members to our MRO Recycling team in Elgin – Shaun Burns and Kevin Appleton.
In addition, Karen McKilligan has accepted our offer to become MRO Recycling – Buckie team lead. She has been a dedicated member of our team since 2015.

Gift Aid

We have introduced gift aid within Moray Reach Out so if you donate to our MRO Thrift Shop and are a UK tax payer, then you could sign up for our Gift Aid.
Head into our shop for more information from our fantastic staff and volunteers!

💕MRO Valentine’s Giveaway!💕

We held a Valentine’s giveaway and the winner, Anneliese, won a personalised embroidered teddy with a name of their choice!
If you want to make sure you don’t miss out on any competitions, giveaways or events we hold – make sure to follow us on facebook 🥰

First Aid Training

At the end of January MRO Recycling, Elgin, had a very different week, as a team, they went over lots of health & safety and first aid – everyone thoroughly enjoyed it whilst learning lots of new things! Well done to all, for putting in the hard work.

MRO Upcycling

Our amazingly talented MRO Upcycling team have handcrafted various types of garden furnishings to help people go into Spring in style 🌸🌼🌻

  • Mid-sized planters (green/ blue) £40
  • Large planter (green) £65
  • Small plain planters £25
  • Kids picnic bench £100, and many more!

We can also make these to your specifications if required 😍😅
So make sure you pop into our Buckie shop to check these and other garden furnishings out for yourself 😍

MRO Embroidery

This month (March) MRO Embroidery have a fab offer for you – have your logo professionally digitised for FREE (normal cost £20) when you order a minimum of 5 garments from our catalogue.

We have a wide range of garments, with something to suit everyone 😊

They also have a lovely set of cutlery holders – handmade by our staff, volunteers and trainees for only £6 😊
Great addition to your dinner table when having guests round 😊
More patterns coming soon!
(Cutlery not included)

MRO Recycling

We would also like to mention the great team work from the MRO Recycling Elgin team who helped out at Buckie.
It provided great opportunities for trainees to work in a different environment and make new friends.
The Buckie processing is now up to date and the yard is looking good thanks to the efforts of all the MRO Recycling trainees & staff.


Eight Acres Hotel and Spa
(Above: Charles, Pete, Wimpie, Jon, and Barry at Eight Acres Hotel)

We are overjoyed with the community spirit in Moray and thrilled with our new partnership. By using our services, organisations help Moray Reach Out give adults with disabilities a real sense of purpose and pride.

Our MRO Upcycling team delivered this beautiful, handcrafted picnic bench to the Eight Acres Hotel and Spa in Elgin to General Manager, Wimpie Blatt. This is the first of 10 ordered by the hotel. 😅

Wimpie and his team have exciting plans for an outdoor eating space in the grounds of the hotel where these benches will feature. More information as things develop!

We would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Eight Acres Hotel and Spa for their generosity in having the MRO Elgin Recycling team across for a morning of snooker & billiards.

They all had a fantastic time and the complimentary snacks of bacon rolls (and more) were very much appreciated too. 😍


Swap shop

Moray College UHI – Social Sciences students organised a fantastic Swap Shop during March. 😅 ( Last day is Tuesday 21st March – 2pm to 4pm)
How does it work? People could come in and help themselves to items, donate items OR make a cash donation.
Shona Radojkovic popped along to meet and thank Anne, Elaine, Keely, Alan, Kartney, Conor and Anna.
All funds raised from the initiative were donated to R-evolution for Good and Moray Reach Out.

Transition Town Forres

On Thursday 16th March Transition Town Forres held their fifth Climate Café, focusing on waste and recycling in Moray.
Beginning at 6pm with a dinner of Medine’s Healthy Mediterranean Food, the evening continued with speakers from 7pm talking for 10-minutes each.
Afterward, speakers moved to more intimate tables to continue the conversation, share ideas, knowledge and inspiration.


George Gunn, Climate Change Strategy Officer, Moray Council; Eveline Rodenburg on food and garden composting; Catriona Scott on single-use packaging, Highland Community Waste Partnership; and Megan Fairley, Moray Reach Out, recycling and upcycling for people with disabilities.

We felt honoured to be involved in such a fantastic evening.

Upcoming Events

RAF Lossiemouth Friends & Families Day – LossieFest

Following the success of the Friends and Families Day last year, where more than 2000 people from the community attended, they are planning to rebrand the event under LossieFest, Saturday 22 July 23.

Megan and Anna from our team will be there with a stall, so make sure to come along to them!

Gordon Castles Highland Games

The 2023 Highland Games and Country Fair, Sunday 21st May 2023, will be bringing a fantastic and diverse selection of local traders offering their products to thousands of guests and we are going to be one of them!

It is a fantastic day out for the whole family, with attractions from Highland Dancing to contemporary Scottish sports. 

If you wish to see us there, make sure to get your tickets before they sell out!

MRO Summer Raffle

After the success of our 2022 Spring Raffle we hope to have an open day where our Summer Raffle will be drawn.

Please help us to raise this money by donating a prize, no matter how big or small, it will make a difference. 
If you wish to donate any items or experiences please contact megan@morayreachout.org.uk

Not only will you be helping us raise money for an amazing cause but you will also get some great publicity for your business.

If you are unable to offer a prize, please help us by promoting the raffle.
Any help is incredibly valuable.

Follow our social media to stay posted once plans are firmed up.

MRO’s 2022 Spring Raffle

Bon Voyage

At the end of February, we said farewell to Phill Laurie from MRO Recycling.
We thank him for all his years of dedication with us and wish him all the best.

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 info@morayreachout.org.uk or like our Facebook page to stay updated @MorayReachOut