We are a social enterprise charity. Our aim is to help young adults with learning disabilities find and retain meaningful 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, set up the registered charity to help young adults with learning disabilities, whose greatest challenge is to find regular employment and to feel included within society.

There are 1.5 million people with learning disabilities in the UK and almost 94% are unemployed. Far too many are missing out on the basic right to aspire to a career, along with the wider social networks, better emotional and physical health, and increased independence that comes from having a job. They share the same aspirations as everyone else and they want nothing more than the opportunity to demonstrate their full potential.

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”.

At Team Domenica, we strongly believe that young adults with learning disabilities have the right to work, to lead fulfilling and purposeful lives, to have their individual gifts and talents recognised, and to feel included as valued members of society.

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 Centre. 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.

Together, our mission is to remove barriers to work for people with learning disabilities.



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    Rosa Monckton
    Founder & Trustee

    Rosa is a British businesswoman and charity campaigner. Chief Executive of Tiffany’s in London from opening in 1986, Chief Executive of Asprey & Gerrard in 2000, then becoming non-executive chairman in 2002. Rosa is now a non-executive director of Aurum, which is the holding company for Goldsmith, Mappin & Webb and Watches of Switzerland.
    Rosa has been awarded with an MBE for all her charitable work for young people with learning disabilities over the years. She has been involved with several charities including Together for Short Lives, The Acorns Children’s Hospice, Downside UP, The Down’s Syndrome Educational Trust, KIDS (charity) and ulgarian Abandoned Children’s Trust.

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    Philip Prettejohn

    Having retired as a Partner after 48 years with Chartered Accountants Rawlinson & Hunter, Philip is a Consultant to the firm and continues to advise a wide range of wealthy individuals, families and private companies, many of whom have charitable activities and programmes. Over the past decade Philip dedicates considerable time to Fauna & Flora International, a UK charity which operates in over forty countries, of which he is a trustee and sits on the executive committee. He has joined the Brazzaville Foundation for Peace and Conservation as a trustee with a particular interest in its opportunities for conservation through the resolution of conflict.

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    Lisa Campbell - Squires
    Programme Director

    Lisa has 25 years of experience of working with young people with ASC, MLD, SLD, PMLD and complex needs. She has worked alongside a wide range of professionals and experts to create individualised programmes, placing young people at the centre of their learning.
    She has piloted several successful inclusion projects and worked in a wide range of specialist educational settings, including providing high quality bespoke post 16 specialist provision and post 19 transition. She has also worked in the charity sector.
    Lisa has always pioneered new ways of working that make a real difference to the lives of young people with a learning disability. Whilst recently studying for an MA in Experimental Psychology Lisa explored how innovative technology can be developed to support people with Autism. She believes passionately in expanding neurodiversity in the workplace and that the benefits this brings to corporate business is of equal value to that of the young person with a learning disability they employ.

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    Diana Purdie

    Diana worked in the University of London Careers Advisory Service, then as a computer programmer before training to be a teacher. She has over twenty years of teaching experience in subjects including Science, Health & Social Care and Food Technology, and most recently delivering the ASDAN Certificate in Employability to sixth form students with learning disabilities. She also brings valuable experience of running a small business and café to the team.

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    Liam Smith

    Liam studied Special Educational Needs and Inclusion at Northampton University and has written professional research papers on low unemployment rates for young adults with SEN and improvements through education. He has a vast amount of care and education experience working with adults with Special Educational Needs (SEN) before joining Team Domenica.

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    Dawn Adams

    Dawn began her career as a primary school teacher, during which time she developed a passion for teaching children with a range of special needs and learning disabilities. She later had the opportunity to support in the Food Technology and Design & Technology department at a local secondary school and most recently worked as a teacher in the Circle Project, which supported and taught students with a variety of complex needs. She delivered all curriculum subjects and prepared multi-sensory resources for subject support, developing new and personalised programmes for the teaching and learning of Maths, including the delivery and assessment of Entry Level qualifications and Life Skills.

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    Kate Payne
    Training Mentor

    Kate provides specialist support to our candidates, helping them to reveal hidden talents, develop skills and express themselves through creativity. Whilst having widespread experience in working with people with learning disabilities, she also has a background in teaching the violin and playing with various bands and orchestras.

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    Daina Joblin-Hall
    Training Mentor

    Born in New Zealand, Daina grew up in a big family of nine children, with two girls who have down syndrome, in an open house for children with learning disabilities.
    She has previously worked as a carer in New Zealand, a personal carer to Domenica, and has worked in cafes and Restaurants in New Zealand, Australia and London. With her combined care and hospitality experience Daina provides exceptional support to our candidates who are gaining practical work experience within our Training Café.

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    Jo Cook
    Fundraising & Marketing Manager

    Having previously worked in the employee benefits industry, Jo has an extensive knowledge of workplace health and wellbeing consultancy. With strengths in relationship management and communications, Jo is passionate about driving positive change, through the development of innovative fundraising and marketing strategies.

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    Danielle Dodd
    Training Centre Manager

    Danielle was born in Australia and spent her early career in fashion and retail management. She spent 12 years working in the film industry in London, and then opened her own cafe and retail store in Brighton gaining full knowledge of Food Safety & Hygiene standards and hospitality. Danielle is highly skilled in organisation and takes a creative approach to problem solving. She is mother of two girls and has a niece with severe learning disabilities enabling her to support to our candidates on a more personal level.

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    Emily Hitchcock
    Employer Partnership Manager

    Emily has over 20 years Account Management and Business Development experience. She has worked in the pharmaceutical, catering, property management and TV distribution industries which has given her the knowledge and experience required to deal with a wide variety of companies in her role at Team Domenica. She has particular strengths in relationship building, communicating and problem solving.
    Emily has 3 children the oldest child of which has ASD so she can relate to the challenges faced by those with additional needs.

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    Emma Palmer
    Cafe Manager

    Emma has previously worked as an Individual Needs Assistant to SEN children, and has also trained as a professional Chef. Having worked in a variety or restaurants, pubs and cafes in East Sussex, she is dedicated to developing skills whilst providing real work experience to people with learning disabilities.

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    Daisy Thomas
    Job Coach

    Daisy has an Art History degree from University of Sussex, and volunteer background experience in rest bite centres around the South West. Outside of work Daisy runs her own pottery business and female art group. Highly skilled and creative, she uses the arts to draw out a candidate's hidden talents whilst supporting them to reach their full potential in the workplace.

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    Jeanette Thompson
    Project Manager

    Jeanette is a professional manager with over 12 years’ experience working within marketing and publishing. Prior to joining Team Domenica, she worked at a Brighton-based marketing communications agency, where she headed up a team responsible for producing brochures and smaller marketing pieces for a portfolio of clients. Jeanette has also set up and run her own publishing business and worked as the managing editor at The Latest magazine and as a sub-editor at Cable Guide. She has also undertaken fundraising and event organisation for both Oxfam and Greenpeace.


Team Domenica is 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.”


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“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.”



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“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.”


We have really enjoyed having the Team Domenica students at Ricochet as part of the team. We have found meeting and spending time with the students really rewarding and we find the response from the whole office is positive. We hope the students are also enjoying being part of our team and are learning a lot.


“Holiday Inn Brighton is delighted to be working as a partner with Team Domenica, helping students gain a valuable insight into hotel operations, and providing work experience that will lead to employment. The team at the hotel has loved working alongside Ben, and as a General Manager, I am really proud to be associated with such a caring, motivational and inspiring charity. From day one the support has been amazing and we look forward to continued successes for years to come.”



“When we were approached by Team Domenica and considered the Assisted Internship programme, as a business our experience was very limited. The key to the success we have had working with Louis was the groundwork that was done prior to Louis joining us. The support structures and the guidance from Team Domenica has been invaluable in helping all parties make the internship the success it has become. The whole team really enjoy working with Louis and his happy friendly attitude has helped build a fantastic relationship that the whole team are very proud of.”


“It truly is a joy to come into work after a hard week and have a catch up with both Jack and Charlie, their enthusiasm is heartfelt and is an example to all. Team Domenica has professionally assisted all parties to ensure a safe working environment and has been a pleasure to work with. I visited Café Domenica recently with my family and with a warm welcome, it was lovely to not only see the students, but the teachers taking pride in their efforts. I cannot recommend the work that Team Domenica does highly enough and hope to enhance the relationship with Brighton Harbour Hotel further.”





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 young adults with learning disabilities into employment.

  • Big Lottery Fund

  • Lund Trust, a charitable fund of Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing

  • Street Foundation

  • David and Sarah Kowitz

  • Martin Armstrong

  • The Sharp Foundation

  • Yan d’Auriol

  • Suzy and John Lewis

  • The Goldsmiths’ Company

  • Stephen Macklow-Smith

  • Rothschild Foundation

  • Sir David Tang

  • James Seuss

  • Jane Vizard

  • Baroness Altman

  • 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

  • Madeleine Capodilista

  • Ewald Wurzinger

  • The Chalk Cliff Trust

  • The Co-op

  • The Lennox Hannay Charitable Trust

  • Sigrid Rausing Trust

  • Invest for Children Foundation

  • The Homity Trust

  • Wyfold Trust

  • Hedley Foundation

  • The Childwick Trust

  • Sue Vear