Ten young people with learning disabilities graduated from Mission EmployAble’s Café on the Common training scheme last month.
This year’s interns received their graduation certificates from Mission EmployAble training manager Cassandra Langham during a special ceremony held at the Junction, Christ Church, on July 3. Cassandra praised each intern individually for their hard work and progress during their 11-month supported internship.
Each graduate wore a brightly coloured gown and mortar board for the ceremony and helped prepare lunch for the guests, who enjoyed a specially adapted rendition of ‘Congratulations’ performed by the Chorleywood U3a ukulele group.
Cassandra said: “These interns have been a joy to know and train. Several of them have been offered paid jobs already and I know that all of them will be a great asset to any organisation that employs them.”
Perhaps because word of the graduates’ talents got out, the Café On The Common was busier than ever on Village Day, when customers were served both inside and outside under a gazebo.
Erica Bendall, trustee and chair of fundraising for Mission EmployAble, said: “We were almost falling over each other to be honest because we were so busy.
“Plenty of people visited for the first time and we had great fun.”
Places are still available on Mission EmployAble’s next supported internship scheme, which begins in September. For details, please visit firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo credit: Erica Bendall