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