Please help us at Pause Cat Cafe to transform our kitchen into a training space for people who have disabilities and learning difficulties.
Our cafe is based on kindness, and it’s not just kindness to our twelve rescue cats, we also run projects to help the local community. A big part of this is our work providing training for people with disabilities.
In the year since we opened as the first Cat Cafe in the South, we have been helping people develop their skills through volunteer placements in the cafe - disabled people have been helping with tasks like serving customers, wrapping cutlery and preparing the tables. The volunteers, who have conditions ranging from autism and Aspergers to sight loss and physical disabilities, gain confidence and improve their people skills as well as learning tasks that can help them to be more employable.
Our volunteers get a lot of enjoyment from working in the cafe. Ellie, who recently found love on Channel Four’s ‘The Undateables’, volunteers twice a week and she takes a lot of pride in working at the cafe, Ellie says “I enjoy working in the cat cafe, I like playing with the cats and I like telling my friends that I work in the cafe”.
Providing opportunities in the kitchen will enable volunteers to gain useful life skills. Naomi is another volunteer at the cafe, who loves helping in the cafe but is keen to help in the kitchen preparing food. At the moment, it’s too dangerous to accommodate people with special needs, and is too small to comfortably fit a chef, a volunteer and a support worker at the same time. Please help us extend our kitchen and make it disability friendly by creating wheelchair access and safety-proofing certain areas to allow people of all abilities to be trained in working with food.
To help make this dream a reality, we are raising funds, looking for donated cooking equipment and seeking volunteer support workers to donate a few hours a week to work one-to-one with volunteers, helping them complete their tasks. We are also looking for a chef with a unique mix of skills - somebody who shares the Pause mission of kindness, wants to help others realise their potential, and who loves cooking healthy, artisan vegetarian and vegan food. Applicants are encouraged to contact the cafe via our website.
Please share our fundraising page to help us raise the funds to transform our kitchen into a training space that can improve lives for people with disabilities by giving them skills and confidence, purpose and passion.
Testimonial from Adrian Gunner, SWRAC Principal:
Adrian said that he values the work of Pause Café greatly. They have a serious business approach combined with an absolutely ethical approach to all they do. The offer of work experience for the disadvantaged cannot be underestimated, it is a great way to build up people’s confidence, esteem and social & employability skills – all essential to help people get into work. Being an animal lover himself, he finds the cats theme absolutely inspirational and unusual. Pause Cat Café has helped SWRAC considerably in their work with those with special educational needs. #sayYEStoSEN.