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About Cafe Savvy
Cafe run by adults with learning disabilities increases skills
Working in a tea and coffee shop setting
Café Savvy offers adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to work in a coffee shop, preparing food and drinks for local customers from the community.
Opened in 2016 and working in partnership with Bagworth Community Centre, the Whistle Stop Tea and Coffee Shop gives trainees the chance to learn many new life and work skills. Café Savvy trainees must be prepared to work in an integrated environment.
As an extremely shy young adult with learning difficulties, Bethany’s family were worried about her future career options. Initially, Forever Savvy assisted Bethany by providing a pathway through social services and the Department for Work Pensions, which helped to secure the correct funding to support her as an independent adult.
Bethany started working at Café Savvy spending time learning kitchen and front of house duties. Over a period of six months, we taught Bethany how to use the bus service, so she could travel from her home to work - she now travels independently to and from the café.
Bethany’s confidence has grown as a direct result of working with Cafe Savvy. She now has a part-time job, two days a week, working at Peppercorn Catering in Abbey Park, Leicester.
Bethany’s parents shared their thoughts on their daughter’s progress:
“As the mum of a young adult with learning disabilities, I cannot thank Forever Savvy enough for the help, support and guidance they have given my daughter since she started in August 2017. Thanks to Amanda and her dedicated team, she now receives training in a work-based environment linked to part-time employment with the support of a job coach. This has enabled her to grow in confidence and ability, as she works towards being as independent as possible. The team are truly Modern Day Heroes!”
Learn more about Cafe Savvy
Do you have a young person in your family with learning disabilities? We enrol new trainees at all times of the year – for more information, advice and availability, please click here