Inspired Community Enterprise Trust (ICET) is an innovative social enterprise established in November 2011 to develop a new community café, The Usual Place, in Dumfries.


This is a very exciting new development which will see the old Academy dining hall on the corner of Lovers Walk and Academy Street in Dumfries transformed into a fantastic new venue.


In partnership with Dumfries and Galloway College, The Employability Partnership and Community Learning and Development, the café will provide a range of accredited training and work experience and create a  vital new opportunity for young people with additional support needs, inclduing, autism, to develop the skills they need to get on the employment ladder.


ICET have secured significant investment from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Holywood Trust, The Wooden Spoon, Solway Heritage, Nithsdale Area Committee, NHS Dumfries and Galloway and The Peoples Project. Dumfries and Galloway Council, Business Gateway and a huge number of local stakeholders have been very supportive.


Here is an interview with Amy about her thoughts on the cafe:


Amy Anne Duffy, Age 22


“I have learning disabilities and developed epilepsy when I was 16 (tablets keep that under control)
I went to Secondary School in Dumfries and was in a special class for people with learning difficulties. I had a helper with me but I felt that I missed out a bit and sometimes felt a bit bullied. I also have Asperger’s which means I don’t make new friends that easily but I don’t look as if I have a learning disability. My abilities are visible but my learning disabilities are invisible. I get embarrassed by the things I can’t do.


“After School I went to the Barony College and did a practical Skill-Wise Life Skills course for 2 years which I enjoyed.
Going to the Oasis youth Centre has helped me with my confidence and I’m currently doing an IT course to help with using money and telling the time and my reading is getting better. I am volunteering at the British Heart Foundation Shop in Dumfries, doing tidying and hoovering and all the jobs that need doing, I’m good with people but I have been looking for a paid job since I was 18.


“I did Home Economics at school and really enjoyed that and when Heather and Linda came to talk to people at The Oasis and I heard about the café I thought it was a great idea and wanted to get involved. I’m a bit scared of ovens though but would like to learn to use them.  I would really like to learn how to use the tills and work with money. I think training and working in the café will help me get a paid job and learn money and other skills for when I have my own house.
I want to do more things for myself, push myself to the limits and see what I can really do.”


More information is available on the Usual Place web site or by contacting:


The Hub
Your Community Action Centre
24-26 Friars Vennel
tel: 01387 269161