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Hospitality students graduate from The Cafe Dome
TEN students who have spent a year learning hospitality skills at a community café were awarded certificates at a graduation ceremony.
The students, who all have learning disabilities, were joined by family and friends at The Café Dome, in Brighton Hill, Basingstoke, where they have spent the year completing a BTEC in hospitality and work skills.
Linda Begbie, a tutor at Basingstoke College of Technology, worked with the learners to deliver a weekly in-house training course.
The group also learned front of house, catering and cooking skills, helped by a team of volunteers who have supported staff and students with their training.
Two of the graduating students also successfully comple-ted an online training course.
The Café Dome opened in September 2011 in response to a need for training and support for young people with learning disabilities.
Set up as a charity, it has fundraised and obtained grants so that it can offer training and work in a purpose-built kitchen and cafe, open to the public.
Christine Fisher, chairman of the Café Project, congratulated students and thanked those who have supported the project, including volunteers, trustees, staff and De La Rue, which is a major sponsor and provided funds for a new patio dining area.
She said: “The evening ended with a delicious buffet provided by the staff team.”
For more information about the project, visit thecafeproject.co.uk
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