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A guide to Work Based Training & Supported Employment in Mid Essex

Countywide 3 Overview of Work Based Training Essex Cares offers Work Based Training from 20 sites across the county, providing time limited work experience within a fully functioning business. This vocational style of training enables adults with learning disabilities to gain skills and confidence enhancing their opportunities for employment in the future. Our specialities include: Catering Conferencing Hospitality Horticulture Printing

Contents Overview of Work Based Training............................................ Page 3 Our services across Essex........................................................ Page 4 The role of ECL Supported Employment Service...................... Page 6 Roundwood Garden Centre & CafĂŠ......................................... Page 8 Greenacre CafĂŠ, Conference Centre and Nursery.................. Page 10 Strawberry Fields....................................................................... Page 12 A glossary of Essex Cares services.......................................... Page 14 Pricing information.................................................................... Page 15

Recycling and packaging The Work Based Training sites also offer high quality, excellent value products and services for sale to the general public. This allows our trainees to not only gain skills in that specific sector but also in customer services, gaining a valuable insight into working with the general public, a key factor for future employment. All income generated by the Work Based Training sites is reinvested into the businesses to improve the services on offer to trainees.

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4 Countywide Work Based Training services across Essex

West Essex

West Essex

Café Goodman Tel: 07717 867401 Catering & hospitality

Saffron Carpentry Tel: 01799 522496 Woodwork

Copy Cats Tel: 01799 522145 Design, print & reprographics

My Place Café Tel: 01279 401967 Catering & hospitality

North Essex

Noah’s Café Tel: 07871 197041 Catering & hospitality

North Essex Book Rest Café Colchester Tel: 07794 769061 Hospitality

Treetops Café Tel: 01206 871320 Catering & hospitality

Book Rest Café Clacton Tel: 07901 848916 Hospitality

Oakwood Packaging Tel: 01255 436967 Contract packing

Oakwood Plough Corner Tel: 01255 860550 Catering, hospitality & horticulture

Red House Tel: 01621 815219 Catering, hospitality, horticulture & creative design

South Essex

South Essex

Mid Essex

Barleytwist Diner Tel: 01268 271042 Catering & hospitality

Book Rest Café Brentwood Tel: 07584 580480 Hospitality

Barleytwist Garden Services Tel: 01268 271042 Horticulture & landscaping

Book Rest Café Basildon Tel: 07584 580479 Hospitality

Print 4 You Tel: 01277 222135 Design, print & reprographics

Tasty Bites Tel: 01277 222135 Catering & hospitality

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6 Countywide The role of ECL Supported Employment Service ECL Supported Employment Service specialises in placing working age adults with disabilities into a paid job of their choice. Essex Cares works with both the employee and the employer to find jobs that match skills, experience and individual aspirations. Essex Cares support initially with CV writing, job searches and interview techniques, and over the longer term coach individuals during the first few weeks of starting a new role. Essex Cares maintains the support as required with the primary aim of ensuring that employees continue to succeed and develop, completing their job to a high standard. ECL Supported Employment Service has great benefits for everyone involved.

ECL Supported Employment Service offers employers: Highly-motivated employees who will take pride in their work. People carefully matched to specific jobs. Jobs well done – with the professional support of the Essex Cares’ job coaches where necessary. An opportunity to help someone who will benefit from the stimulation of employment. An opportunity to show a true commitment to the Equal Opportunities legislation and the Disability Discrimination Act. Assistance for the employee in the new job, until they’re able to work independently. Support throughout the whole process and a commitment to provide ongoing information, advice and guidance. Consultancy services for employers relating to positive policies and practices in relation to employment of disadvantaged people.

Marc works at McDonalds in Harlow every Saturday. After initially working behind the scenes putting together the happy meal boxes as well as other general back-office work, Marc’s confidence grew and his manager asked if he would be happy to work in the restaurant dealing directly with customers. “I like to interact with customers – people make me happy. I’m saving up all my wages as I’d like to get my own house in a few years.”

ECL Supported Employment Service offers employees: The stimulation of real and purposeful employment. Employment opportunities where the work is paid at national minimum wage or above. Training offering specific skills that can assist with gaining employment. For example interview techniques and CV writing. Job opportunities from just one hour a week to full time. Opportunities to be recognised for their abilities rather than their disabilities. Increased self-confidence, leading to the possibility of more demanding tasks. The knowledge that they are a valued part of their community. Assistance for the employee in their new job, until they’re able to work independently. Support throughout the whole process and a commitment to provide ongoing information, advice and guidance.

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North Mid Essex 9 Roundwood Garden Centre & Café Braintree

Roundwood Garden Centre is based on the outskirts of Braintree serving the local communities’ gardening needs, as well as being an ideal place to grab a bite to eat and a great cup of coffee. With the guidance and support of the dedicated team there, trainees can achieve the vital skills needed to take that next step into employment. The catering training at Roundwood covers all aspects of food preparation, cooking, baking, hygiene and serving of food. Training also involves the provision of tea and coffee facilities and buffet lunches for the centre’s conference facilities. The café is open to the public seven days a week offering a wide range of customer service training opportunities. Trainees receive till training and are responsible for taking orders, preparing drinks, providing waiter service and clearing tables. The centre’s horticultural training includes learning about plant care, product growing and landscaping.

“I enjoy the work here at Roundwood. I work in the kitchen and café and have been here since it first opened.” - Esther, trainee at Roundwood Cafe

Find us at: Roundwood Garden Centre Church Street Bocking Braintree Essex CM7 5LJ Open seven days a week. Tel: 01376 551728 Fax: 01376 551728 Email:

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Mid Essex 11 Greenacre Café, Conference Centre and Nursery Chelmsford

Greenacre is a training centre for adults with learning disabilities offering bite-sized training in food preparation, hospitality and horticulture. Set in over three acres of beautifully maintained gardens, Greenacre is well placed with easy access from the A12 and only a short drive from Chelmsford city centre. Catering and hospitality training at Greenacre is provided in a very busy conference centre, where visitors require working lunches and refreshments. The centre also regularly provides buffet catering for external events. Training is provided on all aspects of catering and customer service giving trainees a realistic experience in a supportive environment. Greenacre is set in beautiful grounds that are perfect for horticulture training. The horticulture training provides an insight into a number of different activities including instruction in how to grow and look after plants and how to keep the grounds clean, tidy and maintained throughout all the seasons of the year. Produce grown in the grounds is used in the kitchens at Greenacre.

“I like to work at Greenacre to learn to make a meal and to help give meals to people in the offices upstairs for their lunch.”

Find us at: Newport House Hollycroft Molrams Lane Sandon Chelmsford Essex CM2 7TL Open Monday - Friday, plus weekends for specific events and conferences only. Tel: 01245 477280 Fax: 01245 475722 Email:

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Mid Essex 13 Strawberry Fields Braintree

Strawberry Fields is a Work Based Training service for people seeking a career in catering and hospitality, offering skills and growing confidence in a safe, supportive and friendly environment. Strawberry Fields is based in the Carousel Children’s Centre in Braintree. The team there provide meals and snacks for a busy Sure Start Children’s Centre, catering for more than 50 children every day, making snacks and meals that meet strict Government guidelines on nutrition. The staff and trainees also run a community café from the main hall, which is open five days a week offering a variety of snacks and drinks in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere for a number of community groups who use the facility on a weekly basis. In addition the centre caters for outside events and provide buffets, throughout the Braintree and Witham areas. The centre offers the opportunity to gain experience within a fully working commercial kitchen, encouraging independence, increased confidence, work related skills and knowledge. Strawberry Fields specialises in training based on good health & safety practice and food hygiene, so whether customers are looking to gain paid employment in catering or want to improve their domestic skills, Strawberry Fields can help.

Find us at: Strawberry Fields Carousel Children’s Centre Chapel Hill Braintree Essex CM7 3QZ Open Monday - Friday Tel: 01376 556862 Fax: 01376 327263 Email:


14 A Glossary of other Essex Cares Services Equipment & Adaptations – over 4000 products that can help people remain independent at home, as well as the design and installation of more complex adaptations. HomeSafe – a range of products and services for those self-funding their care or using a personal budget. HomeSafe offers everything you may need to support independence at home and in the local community. Aids and equipment can be delivered to your door and installed for you, and assessments completed by trained assessors in order to fully understand your needs. Home Share - host carers offering day support at their home for a small group of individuals. Outreach - 1 to 1 support for individuals at home and within their local community. Reablement - helping individuals to regain the skills and confidence that they need to remain independent in their own home after a spell in hospital or a period of ill health. Sensory Service - providing training and advice in daily living skills to promote safety and independence and providing specialist hearing and/or visually impaired equipment. Telecare Response - fully trained staff on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to visit homes following emergency calls from telecare sensors. Wellbeing & Activity Centres - supporting older adults or those with learning disabilities to remain active in their communities. The centres offer a wide variety of activities on and off site all of which encourage and aid independence.

Pricing Information Day (6 hours)

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Work Based Training One to One Support




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VAT will be charged where applicable.

For more information about any of these services please contact the centres directly. For information regarding services within other areas of Essex Cares please call us on 0845 835 0150. Bente Wilson Head of Service for Work Based Training & Social Enterprise Tel: 07775 757 004 Karen Canny Operational Manager Mid Essex Tel: 07585 983 407

0845 835 0150

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