Uppertunity came to be from two founders who felt that there were not enough services to help vulnerable individuals feel part of their community and develop further. Uppertunity was then set up on the 15th of September of 2015 as a Community Interest Company. In October 2015, the first therapeutic art group was set up, Scribbles!
Numbers were going well, and different groups and days were tested to see what the community wanted. That’s when Doodles was born! In June 2016, Doodles, our advanced therapeutic art group, started.
Uppertunity kept growing and had its first social event, Oor Burns Lunch, in January 2016! It was set up to bring the community together and celebrate the hard work of the members. This gave Uppertunity the confidence to plan more community events such as Craft Fairs and social get together's.
In February 2017, Uppertunity started to offer a tailor made therapeutic creative group, Squiggle Away! Uppertunity also started to offer monthly workshops such as Spray Painting, 3D printing and Photography & Photo Editing.
Uppertunity took another step forward and started a gardening skills group! In March 2017, Uppertunity was given a garden plot, part of Tay View Community Garden, the start of meaningful volunteering for our members.
Uppertunity continued to listen to the members and responded! A new group was offered in April 2017, Totally Stitched, a social and creative textiles group.
A Milestone for Uppertunity took place on the 19th of June 2017…Uppertunity’s own premises! Uppertunity moved into The Circle. This gave Uppertunity the chance to take another big step…introducing the Capacity Building Program in July, now known as Daring for Development.
Since moving into The Circle, more meaningful volunteer opportunities have been developed including Cooking for Change and Sewing for Change. New groups have been set up, and strong partnerships have been built.
There are many more milestones and plans ahead, and this journey will continue to grow.
Uppertunity is continually adapting and growing to help individuals be the very best they can be…AWESOME!