The Ridge Foundations CIC is a Dunbar-based social enterprise, wholly-owned by the Ridge SCIO charity. We provide high quality traineeships and Modern Apprenticeships in stonemasonry and joinery for local people who would otherwise have struggled to access or sustain this sort of opportunity. Our trainers are experienced practitioners in these traditional trades, and have a passion for sharing the knowledge and skills required to restore and retain our historic built environment locally. Much of our work is focused on properties in Dunbar town centre, which The Ridge is restoring for its own charitable purposes in service of the wider community, for example in Black Bull Close, Fleshers Close and the former Value Shop. But we also offer our services commercially, which expands the work experience of our trainees, and allows us to generate vital income to support the work we do to help local people build their lives and reach their potential.
Commissioning work from The Ridge Foundations CIC not only provides a really high quality job, to the highest traditional construction standards. It also helps to ensure the continued care of our precious built heritage locally by providing opportunities for local people to gain the knowledge, understanding and skills essential to maintain this care into the future. And of course it is contributing something vital to the social wellbeing of our community at the same time.