Last week I popped along to Café Domenica for a spot of lunch with Lyndsay from Fizzy Peaches. I ordered myself a flat white along with a classic ham & cheese toasty, which was perfect for the very chilly day. Lyndsay went with Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil, it also looked very tasty. After enjoying a good catch up over our lunch and rather tasty coffee, we found out more about Team Domenica. It’s a rather wonderful charitable project.
The Team Domenica was founded by Rosa Monckton whose younger daughter, Domenica, has Down’s Syndrome. Rosa started the registered charity to meet the needs of learning disabled young adults who face the challenge of finding regular employment.
Team domenica is housed in a rather beautiful building in central Brighton on the Old Steine. I love how the interiors have been decorated, it’s in keeping with the Royal Pavillon, which is just next door. It is fresh and wonderfully vibrant. The building houses a Training Centre, Training Café – which is Café Domenica and an Employment Agency. The Café is staffed by at least 3 of the young adults, which rotate throughout the day and a Supervisor.
Lyndsay and myself spent far too long eyeing up various cakes, but in the end we were sensible and stuck with our freshly made sandwiches. Next time I will undoubtedly treat myself to at least a biscuit. I’ve even booked in a client meeting next week, so that’s something to look forward to! Did I mention that they have wifi? So if like myself, you need it for those client meetings, it’s an option to add to your list. I know a few bloggers have started using it as somewhere to work together. As well as coffee, there’s a wide selection of teas available too, with decaf options, which a rather heavily pregnant Lyndsay took advantage of.
It so wonderful to see this charity in action and I’m very hopeful that their aim of opening more centres across the South Coast will happen quickly. I’m sure there will be centres nationwide in the next few years.
We already have 21 candidates in placements completing bespoke and comprehensive supported employment programmes. We are unique within the community in the breadth of support we provide to the young adults, offering guidance and companionship to combat loneliness, and in making a contribution to society.
I am so pleased we popped in for lunch. I’m looking forward to popping back for another coffee and that bit of cake or biscuit. If you’re in town, I recommend stopping to rest your feet and enjoy something tasty. Or you can grab something to go on your way past. I will definitely be making the most of it when I can. Maybe you’ll get to meet Domenica!
If you are not inBrighton, you can still support Team Domenica and help this project grow. Click here to donate and find out more.