We are a social enterprise charity. Our aim is to help young adults with learning disabilities find and retain employment, giving them a sense of direction, purpose and belonging, in their local community.
Our Founder & Trustee Rosa Monckton whose younger daughter, Domenica, has Down’s Syndrome, started the registered charity to meet the needs of learning disabled young adults whose greatest challenge is to find regular employment.
Domenica was Princess Diana’s last godchild, and Rosa passionately promotes the late Princess’s belief that “everybody needs to be valued and everyone has the potential to give something back”.
We know that young people with learning disabilities want to work so they can have a fulfilling and purposeful life, to have their gifts and talents recognised and to feel included within society. They share the same aspirations as everyone else and they want nothing more than the opportunity to demonstrate their full potential.
Yet, there are 1.5 million people with learning disabilities and almost 94% are unemployed. Too many miss out on the basic right to aspire to a career, along with the wider social networks, better emotional/physical health and increased independence that comes from having a job.
It was clear to Rosa that Team Domenica’s mission would be to remove barriers, change society's attitudes, influence people who shape policy and practice, all to empower and directly support more individuals to lead fulfilled lives.
Based in central Brighton and launched by the actress Julie Walters in September 2016, we operate through a unique three tier set-up of Training Centre, Training Café (Café Domenica) and Employment Agency. Through this we provide employment programmes set up to help prepare candidates for the workplace, access employment, make new friends, and feel better connected to their local community.
The plan is to open other centres across the South Coast, and then nationally. The aim is to transform the lives of the learning disabled.
Team Domenica are delivering a range of employment programmes in partnership with Brighton Metropolitan College. We also work with a number of local partnered employers, suppliers, providers and charities within the Brighton community.
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College CEO Nick Juba says: “The MET is proud to continue working with Team Domenica. Now in its second year of operation, the project helps to create opportunities for our Foundation students to gain employment following their achievements at college.”
“We are delighted to continue our journey with Team Domenica as we move from work experience to employment and we hope for continued success with the Team.”
“We are extremely proud to be working with Team Domenica in helping their students gain valuable work experience here at Posh Totty Designs. We work at providing relevant projects that allow the students the opportunity to plan and prioritise their work and to develop together as a team. All the students we have encountered are a joy to work with and we are happy to provide as much experience as possible.”
“It is a pleasure to work with Team Dominica, giving students the opportunity to gain work experience and practise skills learnt in the class room”
“Hurst College is delighted to be working with Team Domenica. By offering work placements to local young adults with learning difficulties we hope not only to enrich their lives, but also the lives of our pupils as they continue to develop a sense of community responsibility. We are so pleased we have been able to support Team Domenica’s unique project.”
“Rathfinny Wine Estate is delighted to be working with Team Domenica to help give experience in the work place to their students”
“We have really enjoyed having Ben with us and he has become a valued part of the team here at Ricochet. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with Team Domenica in future.”
Our donors, charitable trusts and foundations; without whom this would not have been possible. We also thank all those who contributed through our 'Just Giving' page and have made donations through our 'Virgin Money Giving' platform. From £3 donations to £5,000, every single pound helps us in our aim to get people with learning disabilities into employment.
Big Lottery Fund
Lund Trust, a charitable fund of Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing
David and Sarah Kowitz
The Sharp Foundation
Suzy and John Lewis
The Goldsmiths’ Company
Sir David Tang
Lowy Denes Charitable Foundation
Pebble Brook School
Sussex Community Foundation
The Polonsky Foundation
The Monday Charitable Trust
The Tanlaw Foundation
The Rotary Club of Brighton
Southampton Row Grant
Put Out into the Deep Trust
The Chalk Cliff Trust
The Lennox Hannay Charitable Trust
Sigrid Rausing Trust
Invest for Children Foundation
The Homity Trust
The Childwick Trust