Rumbletums Café and training project in Kimberley celebrates its third birthday next week.
Rumbletums, of Victoria Street, offers opportunities for young people with learning difficulties.
To mark the celebration it will be presented with a cheque by Helen Laverty, professional lead, learning disability nursing, at the University of Nottingham.
The money has been raised for Rumbletums by students currently undertaking a course led by Helen.
Started in 2011 by a group of parents and friends, Rumbletums now employs four full-time staff at the café in Kimberley and has 20 trainees and 17 volunteers.
As well as their core business, Rumbletums also puts on social events for young people with learning disabilities, runs a weekly parent and toddler group and has recently started a support group for parents and carers.
In addition to this, through a separate group of volunteers, they run an access point for the Nottingham Credit Union and a collection and distribution point for the Eastwood Food Bank.
They’ve also facilitated the relaunch of local adult education classes through the Kimberley branch of the WEA, are supporting a new Memory Group at their premises, for dementia sufferers and are planning a series of local film evenings for older people.
Rumbletums Trustee and Director, Jeff Buck, said: “We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved in three years. We’re improving all the time and although there’s still a lot we want to do, particularly for young adults with learning disabilities, the project is now self-financing and we have achieved most of the aims and objectives we set ourselves when we started it”.
“The café is very popular with local people and our trainees show what can be achieved by a focus on their ability rather than their disability.”