Team Domenica is a three tier operation. We provide unique support to the young learning disabled to develop skills, access employment and play an active role in local communities. We achieve this through the set up of our Training Centre, Training Café and Employment Agency.
Our Training Centre provides a bespoke and supported employment scheme for young adults with a Learning Disability. Each candidate will complete a Learning, Employment and Progression Diploma in affiliation with Brighton Metropolitan College.
Candidates cover core units such as Communicating Effectively with Customers, Food and Hygiene Safety and Creating a Tailored CV. Bespoke units include Crossing Roads for Pedestrians and Using Money for Shopping. These units are delivered alongside in-house work placements at Café Domenica and Free World Kitchen.
The in-house work placements provide a perfect opportunity for candidates to learn new skills in a real work environment. They also allow candidates to build their confidence in a safe work environment, where making mistakes is seen as a valuable part of the learning process. This part of the work programme is underpinned by the systematic instruction process.
The candidates then progress to supported external work placements with a wide range of local employers. We encourage candidates to step out of their comfort zone, experience a variety of opportunities and explore which roles would be best suited to them in the future. Our vision is that candidates will then be offered a longer work placement with a view to permanent employment.
A unique aspect of our work programme is the opportunity for candidates to continue developing their communication skills, social skills and self-confidence through a fun and stimulating Enrichment Programme. The largely team-based activities facilitate collaborative problem solving, flexible thinking and resilience, all essential skills needed to manage in a complex work environment.
We are currently working in partnership with Carousel, Red Zebra, Brighton and Hove Table Tennis Club. Afternoon sessions include Creative Digital Media, Drumming, Table Tennis with Grace Eyre, Karaoke and more recently Yoga and Wellbeing at Brighton and Hove Natural Health Centre.
Our work with local charities not only brings in outside expertise but builds candidates' wider networks within the community, opening doors to social events such as The Blue Camel Club, Rockhouse, Stay Up Late and Gig Buddies.
Our candidates' voice is at the heart of everything we do. We actively promote self-advocacy and independence at every opportunity. This year, we have formed a 'TD Steering Committee' which enables candidates to have a greater say in the everyday workings of the charity.
Our holistic employment programme not only aims to prepare candidates for the workplace but also develops their capacity to lead happy fulfilled lives by discovering new talents, making new friends and creating connections to the wider community.
Our Training Café is open to the public and will enable our candidates to practice their professional and social skills.
Contact the Café+44 (0) 1273 774 466
The café is staffed by our candidates where they are taught catering skills, front of house and general work skills, to assist preparation for work. We will invite local businesses in on a monthly basis so that they can see for themselves what our candidates are capable of doing and what benefits they could bring to their businesses.
Team Domenica’s Employment Agency aims to establish relationships with local companies to procure suitable employment opportunities for young adults with learning disabilities.
We will provide companies with guidance and advice on employing young people with learning disabilities. We engage with CEO’s, Heads of CSR and Heads of HR departments to facilitate the provision of appropriate working conditions for young adults with learning disabilities.
We are working closely with local companies who support learning disabled employment.
Here at Team Domenica we are proud to be making a real difference not only to our candidates' lives but also to those in our wider community. Check out some of our success stories here.
Natasha gets a job
Natasha gets a job
Everyone is so proud and thrilled that Natasha is our first candidate to be offered paid employment.
“Hi, I’m Natasha. I also like to be known as Tasha. My friends say that I’m a ‘lovely chatterbox’ and that’s true. I love to talk and to listen too. That’s why I enjoy my job so much, working on one of the doughnut stalls on Brighton Pier, as I get to meet and chat to new and different people each day. My work involves handling cash, making the doughnuts and the Mr Whippy ice-cream, and adding the syrups. It’s a great seaside city job and I love it!
Team Domenica, work and friendships all go together for me. I now have a close group of friends and colleagues, and a busy social life. To know that I am the first person to get paid work at Team Domenica is just amazing. It’s great to feel valued and confident. I have never in my life been first at anything and this is such a brilliant feeling too!”
Natasha came to Team Domenica with little work experience, but with aspirations for paid work. We
are delighted to have secured a placement ideally suited to her natural abilities and capacity for employment. With the support of our job coach, Natasha has found it easy to develop strategies to rise to any new challenges her work may bring. This, along with the additional skills learnt through her in-house training with Team Domenica, has meant that her initial placement quickly consolidated into three shifts of fully paid work. Natasha is now saving for a deposit on a flat with her fiancé.