A brand new cafe set to open in the Bathurst Trade Centre, in New South Wales, Australia next week will provide valuable on-the-job experience for people with a disability, reports The Western Advocate.
Cafe on Corporation has been convened as a partnership between Generocity Church and Vivability to give the latter’s clients the opportunity to commence work placement in a hospitality setting.
Generocity Church pastor Caleb Dwyer said the cafe will allow Vivability clients to build food preparation skills and actively engage with nearby business employees.
The cafe will be open from from 7am to 2.30pm, Monday to Friday, with Vivability clients set to operate in rotational shifts each day. Mr Dwyer said the idea for the initiative came about through an association with Mitchell Smith, a Bathurst resident living with Down syndrome who has a passion to become a barista.
“Mitchell is one of our first staff members, and he has shown plenty of enthusiasm towards this project,” he said.
“We hope the placement program will encourage more people to develop a passion for hospitality.”