Aboyne Probus Club welcomed Fiona Poustie, the head of Business Development and Communications for the charity ‘INSPIRE’.
This large and successful charity is devoted to assisting disabled people into work.
The speaker explained how the organisation approached the barriers facing disabled people and enabled each of them to reach their full potential.
In many cases it was simply a matter of increasing confidence and by working with each individual dramatic improvements in this could be achieved.
Inspire have databases of shared experiences and hobbies and put together case studies of how people have overcome their disability in order to identify their role in the workplace. Examples were given of individuals working in photography, art and even in show jumping.
Detailed explanations of two projects in catering and soap making showed what differences to peoples lives could be achieved.
The Café Coast on Beach Boulevard in Aberdeen which the charity opened and has now made profitable is clearly an example of how resources can best be utilised to this end.
Turning to the financing of the charity, Fiona told of the many partners, sponsors and events that made up contributing side of the operation.
The talk concluded with a short video showing the charitys’ work and the results achieved.
Following a number of questions from the audience, Brian Patterson proposed a vote of thanks to the speaker. The next meeting will be held on March 27 when Eric Baird will talk about his work on The Glen Tannar Estate.