Older students at The Milestone School have been involved in the community café which is open once a month. This provides valuable work experience for young people as well as helping them to develop communication skills. Parents, carers and members of the public visit the café and everyone enjoys seeing what the students are able to do, as well as sampling their cooking!
The community café is currently housed in a classroom. When the Chamwell Centre opens, there will be an inviting two-storey atrium with kitchen facilities and a comfortable area for guests.
There will also be a Changing Places bathroom as well as disabled toilets so that people needing hoists or the support of one or two carers will have the space they need.
“We were so proud when Jordan served tea and cake to us and his grandparents. He has always been lacking in confidence in public places and finds it very difficult to make eye contact or say much in this setting. He has really enjoyed the experience and has made closer friendships with others on the café team.”
Parents of 16-year-old who is on the autistic spectrum
Who will benefit from the community café?
- The Milestone School – older pupils will have more opportunities to develop their catering and service skills.
- Young people and adults with disability who have respite care with personal assistants.
- Community groups using the facilities for meetings or therapy sessions.
- Individuals and families who book the facilities.
- The Chamwell Centre will have a reception area where we can meet and thank our supporters.