Style Acre employs a Work Manager and a Job Coach to facilitate work experience and employment opportunities for people who are supported by Style Acre services.

The benefits of work experience are numerous – as well as earning money and learning work-skills, work opportunities increase self-confidence, communication skills and help people feel like a valued member of a team and society. We provide work experience at our tearoom, charity shop and bookshop. We currently support 89 people in the programme and in 2016 we introduced 53 new work placements, many of these with local companies.

We seek new opportunities with local companies in Oxfordshire who will provide work experience for people we support. Our Job Coach Philippa, works with both the company and person supported to ensure a smooth delivery and that realistic expectations are met. She will accompany and support the person doing work experience, until they feel confident enough to go it alone.

For more information, contact Michelle Staniforth, our Work Manager.


Daniel, pictured with Rachel Eyre of blueU, works for just an hour a week, scanning bar-codes of returned catalogues. This  is an easy admin task, but one that staff struggled to find time to do.


“Hawkins Group is delighted to support Style Acre. For us, it is about helping Glenn and Ollie learn and develop workplace skills by becoming part of our team and seeing their confidence and independence grow every week.”

  • Tea Room, Blewbury

  • Charity Shop, Wallingford

  • The Little Bookshop, Banbury