Trains and training
Catherine Fellows visits a kitchen and cafe where it’s not only the customers who benefit from the service.
Every weekday lunchtime. the Engine Shed Cafe in Edinburgh‘s St Leonard's Lane is packed with people who know they have discovered a good thing. Businessmen tucking-in to a healthy tofu quiche and salad seem to relish the calm of this refuge. mothers manoeuvre their pushchairs around the spacious. solid. pine-floored interior. relaxed in the knowledge that they are welcome here. and students chatter away. gleeful that their bowls of home-made soup with
squidgy brown bread and butter cost
The fact that the Engine Shed is perceived as a popular cafe is a source ofgreat pleasure to the
people who run it because.
paradoxically. it is much more than that. It was set up two years ago by Garvald Community Enterprises. a limited company with charitable status dedicated to bridging the gap between formal education and work in the wider world for people with special needs. The cafe is largely run by young trainees who. as well as
acquiring specific food-handling j skills. are learning the social skills
': necessary for success in any real workplacte. Whether working as part 7 ; of a team. or carrying out individual
: tasks. trainees are encouraged to
develop a sense of responsibility and to take themselves seriously working people. A cafe is particularly effective as a training ground because it involves routines that must be followed. deadlines. pressures. and much interaction with customers.
But the cafe is not the only area of the Engine Shed to be buzzing with activity. The attractively restored stone building that once housed the rolling stock ofthe Innocent Railway now boasts a bakery. a tofu factory. an outside catering unit. a creche. a toy library. and conference rooms — all under the Garvald banner. The
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last three are not only valuable facilities for the community at large. they also draw a wide variety of people who contribute. with the cafe. to the lively atmosphere ofthe place. The bakery. tofu factory and outside catering unit are run along the same lines as the cafe. with a few
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permanent staff from social work or catering backgrounds. and a stream of trainees who stay for up to three years. during which time they will have one day a week work experience placements elsewhere and receive tuition leading to qualifications. according to their
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