October 19, 2018 The Edge

Observer Food Monthly Award Winners 2018

We Won!

We were thrilled to be invited to the Observer Food Monthly Annual Awards Ceremony last night, and even more thrilled to have won the prize for the Local Food Hero, up against some truly wonderful competition!

Earlier this year The Observer asked their readers to nominate their local food hero. From entrepreneurs to producers, innovators to activists, they wanted to know about people who had made a difference in the food industry in communities around the UK. We are beyond thrilled that The Dressing Room was chosen as the winner by the OFM judges from a voted shortlist. For our project to win an award that, in our eyes, the highest accolade in the food industry, is a huge honour and testament to our wonderful staff, partners and of course trainees!

Participation is at the heart of everything that we do here at The Edge, and our cafe, The Dressing Room, is no exception. Each year we work with 24 adults with learning disabilities, delivering 12 week one to one tailored training placements where trainees have the opportunity to learn skills which can be applied in a real working environment  and applied to other areas of life and independent living.


“The Edge Cafe is an exceptional organisation. The opportunities that they offer to young adults with learning difficulties empowers them to learn new skills, actively take part in a working role, have responsibility and gain confidence. The staff are respectful, friendly, highly skilled and willing to take on any strategies recommended for our young people working there. They strive to teach and support all students at their own pace, which is key to their success”

– Partner Organisation Bridge College


“Myself and a number of colleagues have connected a number of clients to your opportunities at The Dressing Room. Emily [The Dressing Room Learning Mentor] has been nothing short of wonderful with each. Emily provides a welcoming, supportive and positive experience for each of our clients and has been a pleasure to work with. It it a very valuable thing for us as an organisation to be so certain that clients will have an overwhelmingly positive experience from a connection that we make and are grateful for Emily’s efforts in making this happen for each”

-Partner Organisation Breakthrough UK

Read the article online here: https://www.theguardian.com/food/2018/oct/25/ofm-awards-2018-local-food-hero-the-dressing-room-cafe-chorlton