Learning through Lockdown

Jul 2021

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.

  • A smiling young woman holding jug in cafe kitchen
    Susannah, now a chef at a local cafe
  • Young man and woman working with trainer making coffee
    Training Mentor Carmen with cafe candidates
  • Smiling young man waiter looks up from laying restaurant table
    Josh at Jurys Inn
  • Woman makes coffee with another woman looking on
    Issy making coffee at Brighton Dome Cafe