Northampton cafe providing life-saving experiences for young adults with special educational needs looking for a future after a year of opening

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A Northampton cafe, which provides life-saving experiences for young adults with special educational needs (SEN), is looking to the future after being open for more than a year.

The Place To Bee, located in Kingsthorpe, is an inclusive cafe and old-fashioned confectionery, part of Northgate School Arts College and The Beehive.

Students have the opportunity to learn skills in a small business environment, which positions them well for voluntary and paid work in the future.

The Place To Bee, located in Kingsthorpe, is an inclusive cafe and old-fashioned confectionery, part of Northgate School Arts College and The Beehive.

Trudi Daurie, who runs the initiative, said: “The past year has been a learning curve, and the students have really embraced working for a cafe that is smaller than our sister site, The Beehive.

“We want them to learn lifelong skills, which will encourage them to be confident when looking for future jobs – because employment for people with disabilities is low.”

The skills they have developed include barista experience, menu planning and food preparation.

Thanks to everyone’s hard work, The Place To Bee was nominated for a Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Award, for Cafe of the Year.

Students have the opportunity to learn skills in a small business environment, which positions them well for voluntary and paid work in the future.

“We look at how independent students have become and we think ‘wow,'” Trudi said.

Unfortunately, with the current economic climate, they’ve seen less traffic along the Kingsthorpe front – and the more people who know about the work they do and want to embrace it, the better.

Looking to the future and how they can improve the experience, Trudi and her team are introducing qualifications students can earn from September.

Although they already offer Food Hygiene, they will now expand to the AQA unit price, which breaks down into a variety of skills – including hospitality, working with cash, cooking food and customer service.

Trudi said, “The more information and confidence they have in their knowledge, the more opportunities they will have.”

The Place To Bee is also part of the Too Good to Go program, where all food waste is sold online at a cheaper price.

The packs contain £10 worth of food, but are sold for £3.99 – and Trudi says this not only helps the planet, but helps students understand the benefits of reducing food waste.

His food will also be available to order on Just Eat over the next few weeks, which is a new venture.

The retro confectionery, also run by students, is always looking for companies to stock its products.

They are all prepared, packed and delivered by the students, giving them an understanding of the importance of health and safety, and allergens.

Boxes are dropped off and replenished by The Place To Bee when needed.

Trudi said: “We want people in the Northampton community to embrace what we do, especially those near Kingsthorpe.

“Our students need to understand the value of working as a team and in a larger community.”

All money spent at The Place To Bee is donated to the company as it is a charity.

The Place To Bee offers outdoor places for anyone with special educational needs over the age of 19 and to find out more, you can contact Trudi Daurie at [email protected]

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