Learning through Lockdown
Throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, the Foundation’s £30,000 grant (over 2 years) enabled Team Domenica to continue providing employment skills and experience for adults with learning disabilities.
Based in Brighton & Hove, Team Domenica support their candidates through a unique three-tier set-up of Training Centre, Training Café (Café Domenica) and Employment Centre.
When the UK locked down, they ensured continuity of training and work experience through a Virtual Training Scheme, including 1:1 mentoring, walks and online training in café skills. This continued on-site when their training cafés re-opened for takeaway, as well as through a new online bakery, “Baked Goods by Callum,” and the launch of the UK’s first coffee roastery staffed by young people with learning disabilities.
Team Domenica has an incredible 75% employment rate for those leaving their Supported Internship programme. “Getting a paid job has made me so happy, but it has made me even happier thinking about the friendships I have built.” says one Team Domenica Candidate.