Kindling project in full swing at group

Angela, Colin and Peter hard at work during their kindling project which runs for 52 weeks of the year.
Angela, Colin and Peter hard at work during their kindling project which runs for 52 weeks of the year.

Members of a work programme in Ellon kicked off their annual Kindling Project this month.

The Benchmark project which has been running for over ten years supports adults with learning disabilities by offering practical work experience.

The Kindling Project started off as a small venture in the Winter months but has now became a major part of the programme.

Day centre officer Peter Scarlett said: “We started it up three years ago as a project purely because we were quiet during the Winter but now it has taken off to 52 weeks of the year.”

Pallets which are donated by local companies are collected and broken up before they are cut and chopped up and packed into 6kg net bags.

Kindlers are then sold to coal companies and the general public.

The project currently has 15 people on its books where a maximum of 7 people work each day alongside two members of staff.

Peter added that there is a stage to suit every ability during the programme.

He said: “Out of all the stages some people can do everything while others just work with the saw or pack the bags.

“Any offcuts and blocks are put into large bags which can also be bought - nothing is wasted.

”The workers at the project take great pride to produce good quality firewood for their customers.”

Kindlers can be collected from the Benchmark project premises which is located in Castle Park Industrial Estate.

The group are also considering having an Ellon only delivery on a Friday morning or afternoon for those who buy in bulk.

For more information about Kindling and firewood blocks call 01358 729999.