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.
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.”
“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.”
“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
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