New Leaf Café

The problem

Adults with learning difficulties are often overlooked, and not given the chance to develop skills that make them feel, and be useful within their community.

The solution

Eastbourne Mencap wanted to change that, and with funding from Devonshire West Big Local have commissioned Our Neighbourhood to train a team of Mencap Clients in catering skills within a real-life café environment. They all work together as part of a team to provide a joyful Community Lunch.

Each week they practise chopping skills to prepare part of the lunch, lay the tables, make and serve the tea and coffee, serve the main course and the pudding, clear the tables, and help with the clearing up.

Most importantly they also get to join in and eat the delicious home cooked 2 course lunch alongside other residents.

Here’s a short film about our joyful community lunch by Domenico Della Valle Eastbourne Mencap Day Service Manager.

Community Lunch Video Link

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