We are a social enterprise charity. Our aim is to help young adults with learning disabilities find and retain employment, and with this a sense of direction, purpose and belonging, in their local community.



Our Trustee & Founder 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”. Yet research shows that there are approximately 1.5 million people in the UK with learning disabilities and that young adults within this group are faced with less than a 6% chance of finding employment after leaving education. Over 65% of people with learning disabilities want to work, yet there is no sustainable way for them to enter the workforce; making them lonely, isolated and depressed. 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.

We now have a three-storey building in central Brighton which houses our Training Centre, Training Café ('Café Domenica) and Employment Agency, launched by the actress Julie Walters in September 2016. We already have 21 candidates in placements completing bespoke and comprehensive supported employment programmes. We are unique within the community in the breadth of support we provide to the young adults, offering guidance and companionship to combat loneliness, and in making a contribution to society.

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.



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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 is passionate about supporting people with learning disabilities and over the years 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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    Martin Armstrong

    Martin founded Armstrong International in 1989, and has since spearheaded its expansion into one of the City’s leading privately-held search businesses.

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    Philip Prettejohn

    Philip specialises in international tax planning for individuals and family trusts. He spends much of his time involved in other charities, where he sits on the committee of Fauna & Flora .

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    Rory Tapner

    Rory is a British businessman. He is the former CEO of RBS Coutts Bank Ltd. Prior to this, he was Chairman and CEO Asia Pacific at UBS AG.

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    Lisa Campbell - Squires
    Head Teacher

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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
    Teaching Assistant

    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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    Esther McKay
    Development Director

    Prior to joining Team Domenica Esther has worked for many years as a Sales and Operations Director.
    Her previous experience includes strategic planning at a company level (UK and European wide), staff management, organisation development and initiating, overseeing and supporting start-ups.

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    Daina Joblin-Hall
    Training Cafe Manager

    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
    Centre Administrator

    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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    Tom Conroy
    Fundraising & Development Manager


Team Domenica are delivering a supported employment course in partnership with City College Brighton & Hove. We also work with a number of local businesses and charities within the Brighton Community.


City College’s CEO Nick Juba says: “City College is proud to be working with Team Domenica to help create opportunities for our Foundation students to gain employment following their achievements at college. We’re delighted to be part of this new project, and wish them every success.”


“We are delighted to be working with you and are looking forward to welcoming your students and sharing in their adventure into the work place.”


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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

  • 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