Would you like to join Team Domenica and help us to remove barriers to work for people with learning disabilities? Do you want to work in a supportive organisation, playing to your strengths, gaining job satisfaction and doing something where you can make a real difference? We are currently recruiting for a Café and Food Prep Assistant to work in our Brighton café.


Café and Food Prep Assistant

Job title: Café and Food Prep Assistant

Reports to: Café Manager


Team Domenica is a Brighton-based charity that removes barriers to work for people with learning disabilities. In doing so, we help young people to discover their full potential, to live happy fulfilled lives, and to feel included within the local community.

We are looking for somebody to assist and work closely with the café manager in the running of our café kitchen at Preston Circus Café Domenica. We need someone with plenty of initiative and excellent customer service skills. They must have an enthusiastic personality whilst having empathy with the particular needs of the candidates. You must be adaptable and able to deal with the varied learning needs of the group and their sometimes complex personalities. Our main goal is to develop and hone their skills to prepare them for the world of work and enable them to become more independent.

Responsibilities and duties:

  • To protect the health, safety and well-being of candidates, staff and customers and show an understanding of current legal requirements
  • To prepare and cook food in accordance with the manager’s specifications in a safe and hygienic manner
  • To communicate effectively and have empathy with candidates with a diverse range of particular learning needs
  • To create a welcoming atmosphere for customers and encourage their continued use of the cafe
  • To maintain a good standard of tidiness and hygiene throughout the café
  • To support and direct candidates in carrying out their duties
  • To nurture candidates in order that they develop skills suitable for the workplace
  • To assist the café manager with ordering stock and stock control
  • To develop positive and meaningful relationships with candidates and other members of the staff team to promote the ethos of Team Domenica
  • To ensure all café staff and candidates perform their duties safely and hygienically
  • To set a good example of tidy working in an environment of limited working space
  • To open the café and cover for the Manager as required in overseeing the cafe
  • To carry out record keeping and basic paperwork
  • To assist in the training and overseeing of new employees
  • To assign and monitor café tasks appropriate to candidates specific abilities


  • Experience of working in a role which involved food preparation
  • NVQ qualification in catering or equivalent
  • An engaging and friendly personality
  • The ability to communicate well with other staff to ensure the smooth running of the café
  • An experience of working with adults with learning disabilities is preferable but empathy and an understanding nature are essential
  • The ability to multitask, be adaptable and swap duties often at very short notice
  • Barista training is preferable but not essential
  • Be prepared to assist the Manager with outside catering events as required as the business develops
  • Be imaginative and creative in assisting the Manager in initiating new ideas to develop the Café
  • Be able to stay calm when occasionally presented with challenging behaviour from candidates
  • You must be able to pass a DBS check and provide two relevant job references

Contract: Part-time, Tue-Sat 8am-4pm

Salary: £9 p/h as a starting salary

Deadline for application: 16th August 2019 2019

Email applications to: info@teamdomenica.com