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Café Domenica will be hosting a book signing with Michael Herd, author of
See my Smile. Michael is father to one of our candidates, Jonathan, he tells
us about it here:
“My first novel, See My Smile, whilst a work of fiction, brings together two very important aspects from my own life – having an autistic child and the journey of a would-be entrepreneur.
Team Domenica has been an inspiration to my wife and I, and a hugely valuable experience for our son Jonathan.
We welcome the opportunity to use this book signing to help raise the profile of Team Domenica, and share some of my experience as both a parent and a supporter of businesses in Brighton. I will be donating £2.50 from each book sold at the event to Team Domenica.”
3pm-5pm on Wednesday 14th March
See My Smile is the story of an ordinary man, driven to risk his home and his family’s security. He has to survive in the cut-throat world of high-tech business and deal with unscrupulous investors. This is the story of a husband and wife struggling to cope with their autistic son and to create a better future for themselves.
Michael has been helping entrepreneurs create successful businesses for the last 20 years. It has been his experience of working with so many ‘reluctant entrepreneurs’, sharing their highs and lows, that has led him to want to tell their stories.
Fundraisers smash their target
Pebble Brook School and local Santander employees raise vital funds for Team Domenica
Pebble Brook School, based in Aylesbury, serves 150 pupils with specific learning difficulties. They set out to raise £1,500 for Team Domenica with the help of local Santander employees. The funds raised will go towards essential travel costs for Team Domenica’s candidates and their accompanying job coaches.
Jackie Robson, Head of the FED at Pebble Brook School feels strongly about the cause she is fundraising for. “I am running to raise money for Team Domenica because I believe, as Rosa does, that all young people with learning disabilities deserve the chance of employment, especially if they are to become valued members of the community.”
Jackie completed the Vitality London 10k run in May this year and her pupils and fellow teachers have raised funds by selling ice lollies, holding a mufti day and selling milkshakes through a school enterprise project. They have also undertaken group fundraising at a local Tesco store. Several Santander employees have also completed a 5k run at Aqua Vale Park.
Through all their tremendous efforts, together they have already exceeded the original target and raised a total of £1,969.50. Santander have agreed to match the funding up to £1,500.
These funds are crucial to the workplace support provided at Team Domenica. Many of our candidates are not yet independent travellers, which means they are unable to plan their routes or access and pay for public transport without our support. Team Domenica job coaches accompany candidates to their appointments, helping them to gain an increased level of independence by teaching them how to use pedestrian crossings, the green cross code and plan travel routes. This can mean the difference between securing a job, or being able to have a work placement.
The fantastic amount of money raised by Jackie Robson, Pebble Brook School and Santander employees, will have a real impact on the lives of Team Domenica’s candidates as they transition into employment.