Cumbernauld's 'Wee Scone' celebrates 1st birthday in style!

Community café provides young people with additional support needs the opportunity to enhance their employability skills

Wee scone community cafe (Feb 2020)

The achievements of everyone involved in a community café in Cumbernauld were celebrated at a special event.

Customers, students and staff marked the Wee Scone cafe's first anniversary with songs, speeches and birthday cake.

The café, which is based within St Mungo's Parish Church in Cumbernauld town centre, was set up 12 months ago to provide work-based training as a post school destination opportunity for young people with additional support needs.

The success of the project is due to a partnership approach between Glencryan School, North Lanarkshire Council, and the Supported Learning Department of New College Lanarkshire's Cumbernauld Campus.

Nine pupils are currently taking part in the Introduction to Practical Workplace Skills course with New College Lanarkshire. They each spend one day working in the café and two days at college.

Wee scone cafe b (Feb 2020) Louise Canavan, Depute Head Teacher at Glencryan School, who is responsible for co-ordinating post-school transitions, said: "It's incredible to think what's been achieved in just one year, we're grateful for the huge support we've received from the local community, particularly everyone involved with St Mungo's Parish Church."

"Our aim was to provide young people with additional support needs a pathway to move into paid employment within the hospitality industry and that's exactly what we are doing. At the same time we're also providing a quality service to people who live and work in the area and we'd like to encourage people who haven't yet visited us to come along.

"Pathways for students who have moved on from The Wee Scone have included a Modern Apprenticeship at Windmills Café and paid employment at Tim Hortons. I have no doubt we will see many more of these positive destinations at the end of the course in June 2020 thanks to help from our employment support partner Routes to Work."

Claire Campleman, Quality and Curriculum Leader, New College Lanarkshire, added: "The course has been designed to be flexible to suit the individual abilities of each the young people and they all tell us how much they enjoy being part of the programme."

"We're hoping to develop the course through offering additional certificates which will enhance employability skills even further."

The Wee Scone café is open to everyone for breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas from 10am until 2pm on Wednesdays during term-time.

To book a table at the Wee Scone café, please call 07881 944864. View the menu here.

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