Shepperton’s Newest Tea Room Serves up Job Opportunities for Adults with Learning Disabilities
The concept of the Tea Room was inspired by Joanne Smith’s daughter Chloe, 23y, who was born with Down syndrome. Mum and Daughter had a “eureka moment”
On many days throughout this pandemic, home baking was one of Chloe’s favourite things to do, said mum, Jo.
All the family would get involved. We would bake cakes, then have tea parties on zoom to catch up with Chloe’s grandparents and friends. The delight Chloe had from making a cake for her family to eat and show off to her grandparents was inspiring. And that’s when the idea of the Tea Room came to life.
The Tea room aims to spark change for people with learning disabilities and strike up conversations one sip at a time.
Dramatize Tea Room will offer a warm environment to enjoy an afternoon tea with your friends and family. Our tea room provides work experience & training for individuals to progress to paid employment; enabling everyone to take a full and active role in our community.
Chloe has had numerous work experience placements, explains Jo,
they never taught Chloe anything or gave her the fundamental skills to be able to apply for a job in the big wide world.
“She was always supported but never given the independence to carry things out herself, not giving her the confidence to think that she would ever earn a wage. As a parent, this has always been disheartening. However, over the years I have learned to accept this, until a eureka moment happened…
I sat down with Chloe and discussed the idea, and we have not looked back since! Chloe has had to keep it all a secret from her friends until recently, now that the road map of COVID19 restrictions is being eased, enabling us to open our doors at the Tea Room!”
Dramatize Tea Room offer this job programme for adults with learning disabilities,
to learn real-life employment skills with a hands-on approach: from learning skills in the kitchen, how to bake and prepare orders, to serving the customers in front of house.
The team at Dramatize can not wait for you to meet everyone and enjoy their homemade cakes!
The shop will open their doors late May, and its hours of operation will be from 10am to 4pm. Tuesdays – Saturdays. Follow the shop’s Facebook page for an announcement on the shop’s opening date.
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