With thanks to funding from The Big Lottery Fund and The Oglesby Charitable Trust, our cafe The Dressing Room is not only a fabulous place to grab a drink, but also a dedicated catering and restaurant training facility for adults with learning difficulties.
Trainees have the opportunity to learn skills which can be applied in a real working environment and also transferred and applied to other areas of life.
Jane has Down’s syndrome and lives independently in supported living with her husband Daniel. She began a 6 month placement in 2015 with an ambition to work at her local Sainsbury’s. The placement focused on building new skills in customer service, health & safety, food preparation and barista training. During her time in the cafe she became more confident, overcoming her fear of talking to new people and developed new organisational skills. Her dedication and focus shone through and it was often hard to get her to take her breaks! When the training ended Jane registered with Work-fit and began a placement in the HR department at Christie’s hospice developing the organisational skills that she had picked up at The Dressing Room.
Jane is now working in her local library filing which she loves. She attends Expressive Edge Theatre Club and her husband is starting a placement here in October after he finishes college. They are both enjoying her utilising some of her new food preparation skills at home!
“The training at The Dressing Room had a real impact on Jane’s life. It not only broadened her skills base but she came out of her shell so much and it had a huge influence on her ability to interact with new people. It also really helped her independent living as it gave her an understanding of food safety and hygiene and new ways to cook. Her and Daniel have started trying lots of new foods and are loving cooking at home!”
Lezley Carlile, Jane’s Mum