Our wonderful Learning for Living and Work students are thriving on their work placement in Crumbs Café as they learn new skills and grow in confidence in a real life work environment.

The learners who all have additional needs due to varying learning difficulties and/or disabilities, spend time each week in a supported training environment as part of their course.

Open to the public, Crumbs Café is just one of our the outlets that provides placement opportunities for students to learn valuable practical, communication and teamwork skills that will help prepare them for independent living and employment.

Students enjoy getting involved in a wide range of duties tailored to their individual abilities such as taking food orders over the phone, serving at the till and administration work, serving drinks and helping prepare sandwiches and hot food orders.

One student currently working in Crumbs is particularly enjoying her placement. Lily Sunderland, 19, said: “I enjoy working with my friends in Crumbs. Working on the till has made me more confident handling money and I feel happy when I’m there.”

“I feel very proud of each and every one of them.”

Crumbs Café Team Leader Shirley Chappell works closely with all the learners and explains why she finds her job so rewarding: “It’s an absolute pleasure to come to work and see how the students progress over time. The change I have seen in this group of learners since they first started has been absolutely amazing. They also work so well together as a team, supporting each other with tasks and always showing a positive attitude towards their work. I feel very proud of each and every one of them.”

Last updated: 6th April 2017

Originally posted on: 6th April 2017

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