As Leeds Learning Disability Week 2017 kicks off (quite literally) with the 5-a-side football tournament, we’re delighted to bring you some exciting news. From Saturday 1 July, Aspire will take over the running of the café at The Becklin Centre. The café doors will officially open at 7.30am on Monday 3 July.
Aspire already has a good track record for running Cafes and providing work opportunities. Back in 2010 we launched our first service at the White House Café on Otley Chevin. Then, in 2013, we opened the Middleton Park Café. Both these cafes provide work placements to adults with a learning disability. Our staff have worked really hard over the years supporting dozens of people to develop their money handling, food hygiene, health and safety and fire safety skills and personal confidence.
Both cafes have proved extremely popular and valued resources within their communities so we are delighted to have been invited to take over the running of The Becklin Centre Café. At this Café we will offer up to 3 work placements each day to the people we support. They will be on Permitted Earnings and be supported through regular supervisions, appraisals and reviews of their work placement.
Yorkshire Housing’s FoodWorks will continue to run the Café until the end of June after which we will welcome Muka and Tom to Aspire. They will be based at The Becklin Centre Café and, along with some of our staff from the ENE area, will support people in their work placements.
The café will be open from 7:30am until 3:00pm, Monday to Friday. On launch day we will have a new look menu, but offer the same range of food and drink choices. We’ll also continue to provide catering to people working at The Becklin Centre.
We’re planning to make some changes to the décor soon and will be working with people we support and an art group to create our branding. Other plans for the future include exploring the possibility of extending the catering service and opening the Café space to community groups as a base for running sessions.
In the meantime we hope you’ll find time to call in to the Becklin Centre Café in the coming weeks and say hello to Muka and Tom.