The Style Acre Tea Room is one of our social enterprises; it enables people with learning disabilities and autism to gain valuable work experience, skills and confidence.
After chatting with Tea Room Manager Tracy on a recent visit, one of our Tea Room customers – Jess Kellard – realised how hard the government guidance in relation to COVID-19 had made it for everyone involved in running the Tea Room – the small outside marquee has become a life line in wet weather for keeping things going and allowing customers to maintain social distancing.
Like many venues, the Tea Room is so reliant on outdoor space and good weather to help sustain income at the moment and as we enter into Autumn this will make operating the Tea Room challenging.
This also comes at a time when we do not have spare funds as a charity to invest in solutions to help keep business at the Tea Room going strong through the Autumn and Winter months.
Thank you to Jess for creating a Crowdfunder for the Tea Room. She wants to raise funds for an additional outdoor structure or structures, which offers additional outdoor space in weather and also achieves compliance standards onsite.
Donations will help the Tea Room to keep running at maximum capacity and continue to offer people with learning disabilities and autism the opportunity to develop skills and confidence in the future.
The gardening team is made up of people we support who have completed horticultural training with our Gardening Coordinator. There are 7 regular members of the team who have completed this training, and some our now able to secure paid work through this role. Other members are continuing to develop their skills and confidence through a voluntary work placement with the team.
Green Acre is one of Style Acre’s social enterprises. The team visit houses and offer services such as lawn mowing, hedge cutting and pruning. People we support are able to gain vital work-based skills and experience in our social enterprises. To find out more, read about our Work Programme.