CheckIn Giraffe Winter Newsletter now available

Christmas is almost here and it’s been an exciting time for us at CheckIn Giraffe.

Read all about our “Commitment to the Community” award and find out which of our employees was nominated for the “Employee of the Year” award in our Winter 2014 newsletter.

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Choc on the cheap thanks to Choc Stars have kindly donated hundreds of bars of their finest milk chocolate bars to us.

We are selling these 100g bars of milk chocolate for the low price of just 50p each. Come along to our South Street Shop & Cafe or the Mill Street Cafe and pick up your supply now!

We have been advised that no cats, nor singers called Gangnam, were harmed in the making of this chocolate bar.

Chamber of Commerce Awards – We Won!

CheckIn Works and Giraffe Trading are delighted to have been chosen by the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce to win an award for our “Commitment to the Community”!


We were up against some other fantastic local businesses and we are delighted to have been chosen to receive the award in the annual Business Stars ceremony.

Our head chef, Dawn, was also nominated for the “Employee of the Year” award.

It’s truly is an honour to have been nominated and we thank each and everyone of our customers for their support over the last few years!

Order your Christmas Wreaths and Trees with us now

santaWe’re delighted to be offering a fantastic range of wreaths, garlands and Christmas trees which will make your festive season even more special.

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Click to download an order form today and pass it into Giraffe Shop & Cafe on South Street to ensure you get yours in time for Christmas! The last collection day is 22nd December but we’ll need some time to make your items!

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realwreathOur highly talented in-house florist is now taking orders for our real bespoke wreaths which are made just for you and are truly unique.

Starting at just £25 each, these decorations will really brighten up your house this Christmas and you would be supporting our local good cause too!

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wreath2Available while stocks last, these beautifully made items will last many festive seasons and will look great hanging on your door.

These lovely decorations are pre-made and available to buy in our shops- they start at just £25.

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You decide on colours, candles, ribbon etc and we will try our best to accommodate your requests.
These unique decorations will add lots of flare to your table and start at £12.50 each.

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Our bespoke grave wreaths start at just £12.50

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Spruce up (see what I did there) your collection of presents this year by keeping them under one of our fantastic, natural Christmas Trees. Choose from either a Fraser Fir or a Nordman Fir and a height between 4ft and 6ft.

Starting at just £25!

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largewreathFULL PRICE LIST

Premium Wreath (real) = £25
Deluxe Wreath (real) = £35
Premium Table Decoration (real) = £12.50
Deluxe Table Decoration (real) = £16
Premium Grave Wreaths (real) = £12.50
Deluxe Grave Wreaths (real) = £16

Fraser Fir – up to 4ft = £25
Fraser Fir – up to 5ft = £32
Fraser Fir – up to 6ft = £35
Nordman Fir – up to 4ft = £25
Nordman Fir – up to 5ft = £36
Nordman Fir – up to 6ft = £45

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At the end of another lovely summer, jobseekers, staff and volunteers came together at the Ladeside centre to enjoy an evening of fun and celebration.

Yvonne receives her Saltire Award from  James Alexander, CEO who also received an award in recognition of his MBE announced in June

Yvonne receives her Saltire Award from James Alexander, CEO who also received an award in recognition of his MBE announced in June

Over 30 jobseekers received Saltire Awards for their volunteering work as well as REHIS Food Hygiene certificates and other more personal awards for their special contributions over the last year. In particular three jobseekers received special note for completing their 500 hours of volunteering.

Volunteers also enjoyed receiving certificates covering everything from ‘most learner beekeeper’ to a ‘going the extra mile’ award!

Volunteers all received awards too at the celebration and BBQ in August

Most importantly everyone was delighted to present James Alexander, Chief Executive with his own award for ‘most special dignatory’ in recognition of the announcement in the June Honours of an MBE from the Queen for his exceptional charitable work in Perth and Kinross.

Now jobseekers are underway in arranging new social activities for the autumn including a Halloween party, trip to the pantomime and the annual Christmas party.

Wham, bam, thank you jam!

DSC_3406We want to say a HUGE thanks to everyone who took part in our Jam Festival on Saturday!

It was a fantastic day and it was great to see all the different types of jam, chutney and jelly that had been produced for the event!

Keep an eye out for future events – we’re always planning something!



Jam Festival at Ladeside

Come along to the Ladeside Centre on September 27th 2014 for our fantastic JAM FESTIVAL!

There’s a whole range of people making and selling home-made jams, chutney’s and jellies for this event so pop along and enjoy the day out.

saleWe’ve got:

# all day pancake making

# jam making demonstrations

# face painting

# jam tasting

# a fabulous end of season plant sale with up to 50% off our range of shrubs, wee trees and herbacious.


Giraffe needs your vote in the Bank of Scotland Community Fund

Giraffe Trading has been shortlisted for the Bank of Scotland Community Fund 2014 in Perth.

vote now for GiraffeWITH YOUR HELP, Giraffe Trading has a chance to be awarded a grant of up to £3,000 from Bank of Scotland to enable it to continue doing good work in the community.

Giraffe is an innovative community social enterprise. Our key aim is to tackle the entrenched social problem of the unemployment and social exclusion of people with enduring mental ill-health, disabilities and other significant workplace barriers.

An award of £3000 towards Stir It Up, our community training kitchen, will help Giraffe in two key ways. Firstly, it will enable us to provide more job-seekers with a much wider range of work opportunities and training in commercial catering skills that are attractive to local employers. Secondly, an award will be of critical importance in helping Giraffe maintain its excellent track record in continuing to diversify our business and develop sustainable income streams after the award is finished.

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Vote by SMS : “VOTE HBW” to 82332

The Bank of Scotland Community Fund was set up to help local people across Scotland have a positive impact at the hearts of their communities by giving grants to 232 local good causes in 58 Scottish communities.

We’ve shortlisted four good causes in each community and Bank of Scotland is inviting everyone to vote for the causes they’d most like to support.

Members of the public can vote for their preferred community group on-line, by SMS or Twitter, or in a Bank of Scotland branch from 2 September to 10 October 2014. The local good cause that receives most votes in each community will receive an award of £3,000, with the other groups receiving £2,000, £1,000 or £500 depending on the votes received.

You can find out more about the Community Fund and Giraffe Trading and cast your vote by visiting the Bank of Scotland Community Fund website at:

Voting for the 2014 Community Fund is open voting is open until Friday 10 October.

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Social Saturday – Upcoming Event

socsatsmallerSocial Saturday is coming!

We’re delighted to be a part of this UK wide initiative to support the 70,000+ social enterprises spread across the country. We’re even more delighted to be one of them!

Free Biscuit

As a reward to you, our customers, we’re giving away one of our delicious home-baked biscuits if you buy anything in any of our 3 sites – South Street Shop and Cafe, Mill Street cafe or the Ladeside Centre.

As an added bonus, mention “Social Saturday” at the till to receive 10% off your bill!