Unity Kitchen is a chain of catering social enterprises that provides apprenticeships and jobs for people with learning disabilities.
Run by a registered charity, the Camden Society, the six outlets provide a range of opportunities to people with learning disabilities, with profits used to fund further training and employment support. Each year 15-20 people complete a year-long apprenticeship in a café, in the course of which they undertake accredited qualifications including NVQs in catering and retail. Towards the end of the placement participants are supported to find employment in the catering sector.
Unity Kitchens are run in partnership with community and public sector organisations in public buildings, community centres, libraries and museums.
Submitted by Sara Buchanan.