Frozen Drinks, R & D

Visiting a college and charity helping those with learning difficulties

Helping those with learning difficulties

It has been an interesting week meeting interesting people but this visit was the highlight of the week;

We visited a small independent specialist college (and charity) for children and young adults with learning-difficulties; many of the students are on the autistic spectrum so the college provides a variety of supported-living, part-time and full-time educational courses as well as leisure activities.

The college has a long-established community cafe and also a sweet shop in a nearby village. This is staffed predominantly by the students, the idea being that it gives them vital work training and life-skills within a safe environment and is an ideal foundation for their working-lives.

Not only that; both the shop and café are pretty much financially self-sustaining, which is a shining example of community spirit and innovative thinking by the college management.