BY ALUN SAMBROOK

Well, today is my last ever day of working at the Cafe Des Arts before it closes for the last time due to various reasons.

It has been such a wonderful experience working there with so many different people over the years and I am proud to have been a part of it ever since the Café first opened in April 2009. The café has become an excellent training base and a social enterprise for people who like me suffer from Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other various disabilities and can’t easily find work opportunities within their local area.

I can certainly remember being very nervous about working in the café in the first few months, hiding away in the kitchen when things got very busy and not wanting to go onto the shop floor to deal with an unpredictable set of customers. But in time I have certainly grown into a highly confident person who has been able do a great job there everyday with the right amount of help and support in the background. I really have enjoyed learning the art of making an excellent variety of coffees and serving them along with all the other food and drink that we have served there.

Over the years there have been various events held within the café including various unamplified jam sessions featuring local bands and hosted a wide variety of stalls promoting other ventures that support Autistic people. The café has also taken part
in yearly festivals and other events held on Robertson Street in the ‘America Ground’. Works from independent traders and local artists have always been displayed on the walls and on shelves, hence the café’s name.

The café has been well stocked over the years with various products made by Roebuck Enterprises who have supplied most of the café’s cakes, biscuits, ceramics and many other things made by people with disabilities. Regarding the future I have been in various talks with my job coaches and job coordinators to find a new suitable place to volunteer at, but for now will continue to work with Roebuck Enterprises making more fantastic products to sell at the enterprise centre, markets and other various events throughout the year.

I would like to say a big thank you to all whom I have worked with at the café over the years, will really miss working there.

Roebuck Enterprises are the social enterprise part of Autism Sussex. They can
be found on Facebook at @RoebuckEnterprises, on Twitter @RoebuckEnterprs
and on Instagram @RoebuckEnterprises

 

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