The Butterfly Community Café C.I.C |Founded by Jennie Kettell
We are a Berkshire-based not-for-profit community interest company formed to set up a coffee van to teach life skills to young people with severe/specific learning difficulties.
There are many teenagers in special needs schools across the country who are able to learn and apply skills but need extra time and patience from others to be able to do so. The Office of National Statistics (2019) states that only 0.8% of people aged 16-64 with SLD are in any type of employment. This is a shocking statistic and we need to do something about it!
Our coffee van, when set up, will be able to teach these students many skills that they need from an earlier age, to give them the time that they need. Not all of these pupils will have the burning desire to work in a coffee shop, but this enterprise is so much more than that! It is also mobile, so we can teach young people in many schools!
The young people accessing this venture will learn the following life skills that can be applied to many forms of employment:-
- Communication skills
- Meeting new people & friends.
- Working as part of a team
- Decision making
- Food and drink preparation
- Hygiene and safety
- Functional numeracy and literacy
- Money handling
- Experience of running and contributing to a real business.
- Baking cakes and biscuits
- Gain industry recognised certification to take on to other employers