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The Engine Shed is now closed. We have left these original pages of the website as a record of our work.


It is with great sadness that we came to this point of saying goodbye.

I believe very strongly that we have left our mark in the field of employability training for people with disabilities as the strength of public reaction to the consequences of loss of funding testifies. Thousands of people passed through our doors over the years and many study visits were hosted within the building at St Leonards, organised by individuals and groups from throughout the UK and beyond.  People took some of our ideas and generously credited us with helping them focus on and get ahead in planning  delivery of  their future services.  The most recent quote from one such organisation sums it up.

Do you know how much inspiration the Engine Shed has given to undoubtedly thousands of people and it’s spirit, ethos, focus and success will live on in many other ways.’  Bridgend Farmhouse Edinburgh Sept 2016

I think we have impacted on people’s lives and our ideas will live on into the future through the work of these talented and dynamic individuals and groups. I personally feel very privileged to have been part of this enterprise.

Marian MacDonald

September 2016