Café for learning difficulty students

NEAALM110111E1 - Jeff Buck, Dawn Pillar and Shirley Mowberry at Nottingham outreach church where they are launching a cafe for disabled youngsters to get advice on jobs after leaving college
NEAALM110111E1 - Jeff Buck, Dawn Pillar and Shirley Mowberry at Nottingham outreach church where they are launching a cafe for disabled youngsters to get advice on jobs after leaving college

A COMMUNITY project to offer employment advice to people with learning difficulties is being launched in Kimberley.

The new scheme called Rumbletums will be based at the Hub Café in Newdigate Street and will offer advice on training and employment for people who have just left college and suffer with learning difficulties.

The scheme was the brain child of three parents whose children who go to Foxwood Foundation School in Bramcote – a specialist school catering for children aged from 3 to 19 with learning difficulties and, in some cases, additional physical disabilities.

One of the parents, Shirley Mowbray, said: “There’s a worry about what they can do when they leave school, and we wanted them to have something purposeful to do.

“Whether young people are at a special school or not they have the ability to do something, and it’s important they have something purposeful to do.”

Mrs Mowbray, who lives in Nuthall’s Larkfields Estate, said herself and parents Dawn Pillar and Jeff Buck decided to launch Rumbletums because of a lack of facilities available to college leavers.

They intend to have the project run by paid staff and are currently applying to various organisations for grants and funding.

Rumbletums is set to launch in Easter and will be registered as a company and a charity.

Nottinghamshire County Council and Broxtowe Borough Council have both offered advice and support to the group through their Economic Development departments.