Employment will be provided for up to 28 people after a scheme to help those with learning difficulties in to work secured nearly £50,000 in funding.
North Yorkshire County Council will provide £47,000 to Creative Support to help pay for “Creative Coffee” - a drinks and snacks business in the Scarborough, Whitby and Sandsend area.
The money will enable Creative Coffee to seek business opportunities throughout the area, having already identified the Cinder Track railway between Scarborough and Whitby as a gap in the market for providing hot drinks.
Anna Lunts, chief executive of Creative Support said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with North Yorkshire Council to provide much needed mainstream employment opportunities for people with a learning disability, within a social enterprise that will provide business experience and customer care training.”
County Cllr Clare Wood, executive member for Adult Social Care, added: “This is a marvellous example of how collaboration between the County Council and the voluntary sector is producing imaginative and innovative ways of making a real difference to people’s lives.”
“Creative Coffee will give people the opportunitiy to learn through experience about the running of a business, catering, customer service, and social skills, through meaningful work experience.”
Anyone wishing to find out more about the Creative Coffee project should email Gill.firstname.lastname@example.org
The grant for the scheme is being made from the county council’s Innovations Fund, which is allocating £1.6 million over three years to voluntary organisations to change the way adult social care is delivered.
Its primary aim is to develop more flexible and personalised services which fit in better with people’s needs and where they live.