We are delighted to have welcomed The Butterfly Community Café into our Connect Reading community. Jennie Kettel, Founder/Director, took some time to answer some questions and tell us a bit more about them.
We are a not-for-profit community interest company established to enable young people aged 14+ in special needs schools (with severe/specific learning difficulties) to learn work skills within a real business. Our coffee van will park right outside the schools we work with! We are currently trying to raise funds to buy the van.
Why did you join Connect Reading?
One of my missions is to integrate our amazing young people into their local communities to help improve social isolation and increase mental health. I also want their local communities to see what they CAN DO to contribute to the community and not what they can’t (as is the norm)! I therefore need to build connections within the communities.
How are you creating a better Reading?
I am identifying some of the barriers that our young people face in finding and keeping work and trying to help them to knock them down through training skills and making connections.
What has been the biggest thing you’ve learned as an organisation?
How generous and lovely people can be with their time and and support when I explain what we’re trying to do and why.
What are you most looking forward to?
Getting our coffee van up and running and seeing the look on the children’s faces when they find out what they’re going to be doing.
How can people connect with you and support what you’re doing?
Please take a look at our website: thebutterflycommunitycafe.com
My contact details and all of our social media are on there. Help, advice and donations are all welcome and very gratefully received!