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Project information

The Cafe Project

A cafe employing people with learning disabilities in partnership with members of the local community in Ladbroke Grove. Learning new skills, employment, contributing to the local community and making new friends and connections beyond the learning disability community.

April 2012 - March 2014

Charity information: Equal People (Kensington & Chelsea)

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  • Need


    The lack of meaningful paid employment and career development opportinties in supported environments for people with learning disabilities.
    The lack of healthly living and food options information and awareness
    Harassment, abuse and hate crime experienced on a daily basis by people with learning disabilities.
    Community integration and cohesion


    The Cafe will enable individuals to have paid emplyment whilst learning and developing their skills in a supported environment.
    The Cafe will provide healthy food and information about maintaining a healthy diet to all.
    The Cafe will enable people from the local community to come together, challenging isolation and demonstrating the skills & qualities of people with learning disabilities and their value to the local community. This will lessen the amount of harassment, abuse and hate-crime.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    7 people with learning disabilities are employed as caterers ain a community run cafe.


    » Posts will be advertised. posts will be supported by a Cafe Project Co-ordinator with a full training and support programme in place.
    » The Cafe is part of an established community centre. All policies, procedures, regulations followed.

    What success will look like

    7 service users completing the cafe project and going on to further employment (records) . Feedback and presentations from employees.

    Aim 2

    The 7 staff will be supported to learn and develop their skills in all aspects of running a cafe.


    » The Project-Coordinator and other members of the community will support individuals through a recorded and monitored training programme.

    What success will look like

    Employment support programme and required training records all in place

    Aim 3

    The Cafe Project will provide healthy and enjoyable meals and a very reasonable cost to everyone. .


    » Staff will work together to develop menus and learn about healthy options.

    What success will look like

    Menus, healthy eating awareness guides and links to other information.

    Aim 4

    People from the local community will visit the Cafe each day coming together & building friendships


    » The Cafe will be widely advertised both via visits and literature.

    What success will look like

    Records of the number of meals served. Repeated custom.

    Aim 5

    The community will value more the skills,commitment and contribution to local community life of pwld


    » Support each individual to build their skills, recording their achievement and ensuring links onto further employment

    What success will look like

    Less instance of abuse and harassment, more employment opportunities, individuals with increased self-confidence, recognition of their contribution and pride in their achievements

  • Impact


    Increased self-worth, self-esteem, skills , choice and employment opportunities for service users .Future opportunities for cafe project staff to pass on their skills to others.
    Increased understanding, acceptance and of people with learning disabilities as having a vaulable and meaningful contribution to make to the local community and the same rights and responsibilities as other citizens.
    Increased learning and understanding about healthy eating options, better diets and less health issues.


    Employment issues, equipment problems, lack of custom.
    Equal People is experienced at running supported projects and as an employer, with all the necessary policies, procedures, systems and support networks in place.
    Equipment and facilities have been redeveloped and meet all requirements. renewal budget included.
    The immediate local community attended a previous training project where meals were prepared. Publicity and presentations will ensure wider awareness.


    Equal People regularly prepares reports on our services for commissioners, users funders and donors. Service users can and will also do presentations. Full records and regular monitoring is maintained.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £53,900

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      Amount Heading Description
      £37,210 Staff Coordinator, assistant, staff posts
      £11,790 Running Costs Equipment, food, training
      £4,900 Overheads management, insurance
  • Background


    Kensington and Chelsea has a growing population of people with learning disabilities, especially those with more complex needs. Many live in the north of the borough where the Dalgarno Community Centre is situated. It provides a space for the local community to relax, do sport and leisure activities and have snacks, healthy meals and drinks.


    The Dalgarno estate houses a large number of people on low incomes. The Community centre provides a valuable resource, bringing people together, engaging people in joint activities and offering a safe space for guidance and support. People with learning disabilities can contribute to and integrate into their local community, learn new skills and increase their independence......taking increasing control of their lives

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Equal People (Kensington & Chelsea) has supported people with learning disabilities for 30 years. Set up by 2 parents who wanted there to be a life for their children beyond home, Equal People has continued to focus on listening to each individual, supporting them to name and then aim for their goals. We have previously run Cafe Projects based at our Resource Centre as a training project. The cafe at thee community centre will provide supported employment.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Cafe Project Co-Ordinator

    Will oversee the employment and training of the staff, developing roles, recording, monitoring, encouraging a group approach to the planning the proj

    Cafe Assistant

    Supporting all to learn and carry out their tasks, a vital element in supporting the building of confidence of the staff.

    The 7 Staff With Learniong Disabilities And The Staff From The Local Community

    Working together to provide a warm, welcoming environment and a healthy meal to all our customers