The Engine Shed is now closed. We have left these original pages of the website as a record of our work.

The Engine Shed

This website is a record in time of the work of the Engine Shed, a social enterprise established in 1990, dedicated to helping young people with learning disabilities develop the confidence and skills  to take their first big step into the world of paid work.  Our work combined helping people to grow and thrive in an environment where the ethos was on creating high quality fresh organic food produced  through our businesses.  Our food was sold to people in Edinburgh and also delivered  further afield throughout Scotland. This organisation has now closed – click to view a statement giving more information.

Research  - Training and Employment for Young People with Learning Disabilities 

To  view the findings of our research work spanning our 25 years in operation click here.

For further information about this research contact tel number 07936 729358.

Further Sources of Information

Blake Stevenson Evaluation

Edinburgh University MOOC (massive open online course) Social  Wellbeing ( As part of this course Marian MacDonald was interviewed regarding the importance of wellbeing as part of the work of social enterprises. The podcast can be accessed here.

We have left the original pages of the website regarding our work as a record of the past 25 years.

Engine Shed Closure Date

The Engine Shed will cease trading on Thursday 19th February 2015.  Our bakery, cafe, tofu and conference facilities will all close, leaving us Friday 20th February for our farewell event.

Thanking you all for your support over the last 25 years!  Keep updated on our future via facebook, twitter and our website.  We will back!

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