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A guide to Work Based Training and Social Enterprise in South Essex

Contents Overview of Work Based Training............................................ Page 3 Our Services Across Essex.........................................................Page 4 The Role of Linked Employment................................................Page 6 Copy Cats 2............................................................................... Page 8 Barley Twist............................................................................... Page 10 Book Rest CafĂŠ Brentwood and Basildon................................ Page 12 A Glossary of Essex Cares Services..........................................Page 14 Pricing Information.................................................................... Page 15

Countywide 3 Overview of Work Based Training Essex Cares offers Work Based Training from 16 sites across the county, providing time limited work experience within a fully functioning business. Vocational Work Based 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 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.

4 Countywide Our Services Across Essex West Essex

South Essex

North Essex

Mid Essex

Countywide 5 Mid Essex

West Essex

Strawberry Fields Tel: 01376 556862 Catering & hospitality

Café Goodman Tel: 01279 404949 Catering & hospitality

Greenacre Tel: 01245 477280 Catering, hospitality & horticulture

Copy Cats Tel: 01799 522145 Design, print & reprographics

Roundwood Garden Centre & Café Noah’s Café Tel: 01376 551728 Tel: 07871 197041 Catering, hospitality & horticulture 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

Roundwood Garden Centre & Café is open seven days a week offering even more training opportunities

6 Countywide The Role of Linked Employment Essex Cares’ Linked Employment service specialises in placing working age adults with disabilities into a paid job of their choice. Essex Cares work 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 continues to support employers with the primary aim of ensuring that employees continue to succeed and develop, completing their job to a high standard. Linked Employment has great benefits for everyone involved. Linked Employment offers employers… Highly-motivated employees who will take a 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.

Countywide 7 William celebrated 20 years at The Wine Company in Colchester in 2012. “I like it here because I get out and about and work with lots of nice people” William’s Manager said, “He is a very valuable employee – he’s full of enthusiasm and is as diligent, hardworking and honest as any member of my team.” … and 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 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.

88 South North Essex Copy Cats 2 Brentwood Copy Cats 2 is an Essex Cares training co-operative in Brentwood providing adults with learning disabilities vocational opportunities. The centre provides training in all aspects of printing from design to delivering the finished products. The service supports people to develop work based skills within a real business environment. Copy Cats 2 has a printing, design and IT department which provides printing solutions to local businesses and associated groups. The service helps trainees to understand the requirements and responsibilities of an employee to a company. The staff provide consistent training in a caring and supportive environment to enable disadvantaged adults to gain the skills and confidence they would need in the world of work. Copy Cats 2 produces a wide variety of printing and reprographic items. Examples of their work include: booklets and brochures, newsletters and magazines, business cards, calendars, greetings and Christmas cards, flyers and leaflets, folding and binding, laminating and photocopying, design and consultancy and canvas printing

“Many thanks for your support in putting together our poems booklet. It has been much appreciated� - A Copy Cats 2 customer

North Essex 9 South

Find us at: Walter Boyce Wellbeing & Activity Centre Warley Hill Brentwood Essex CM13 3AP Tel: 01277 222135 Email:

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: Closed weekends

9.30 am – 3.30 pm

10 South Essex

Barley Twist Basildon Barley Twist offers Work Based Training in catering and horticulture which enables its customers to learn the skills needed to progress into paid employment. The centre also has a small horticulture project where they grow vegetables to use in the kitchen. All trainees will learn soft skills including commitment to attendance, team work and supporting colleagues. Barley Twist offers customers the opportunity to learn cooking and food preparation skills along with cleaning rotas, stock ordering and rotation, time keeping and team work. Within the horticulture project customers will learn when to plant seeds and where is the best place for them to grow along with watering, maintenance and the purpose of personal protective equipment and health and safety.

“I just wanted again to say a BIG thank you for all your help and support in making our birthday celebrations yesterday such a success. I’ve been telling everyone about the marvellous carrot cake, I’ll be back soon to get another piece!” - Gail, Customer of Barley Twist buffet

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Find us at: Ashleigh Wellbeing & Activity Centre Whitmore Way Basildon Essex SS14 2NN Tel: 01268 271042 Email:

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: Closed weekends

9.30 am – 3.30 pm

12 South Essex

Book Rest Café Brentwood & Basildon There are two Book Rest Cafés in South Essex, which are small coffee bars located within Basildon and Brentwood libraries. These offer training in all aspects of hospitality along with till training, ordering of stock and customer service. The Bookrest Cafés are inspiring places of work that give practical bite-sized training in customer service. The staff team offer hands-on training, advice on reaching goals and gaining an insight into every aspect of working in a café. Trainees produce hot drinks directly from a commercial coffee machine as well as selling a variety of light snacks. They develop the customer service skills that could lead to paid employment in their local area. Staff will support trainees in gaining money-handling experience as well as the health and safety essentials any potential employer would genuinely value. So if customers are seeking a job in a café or restaurant, the Book Rest Cafés are the ideal places to kick start their careers.

“Best cappuccino in Brentwood, very good service” -

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Find us at: Book Rest Café Brentwood Brentwood Library New Road Brentwood Essex CM14 4BP

Book Rest Café Basildon Basildon Library St Martins Square Basildon Essex SS14 1EE

Tel: 07584 580480

Tel: 07584 580479


Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: Closed weekends

10.00 am – 3.00 pm

14 A Glossary of Essex Cares Services 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. Outreach - supporting individuals at home and within their local community. Home Share - Host Carers offering day support at their home for a small group. Sensory Service - providing training and advice in daily living skills to promote safety and independence and providing specialist equipment for hearing and/or visually impaired adults. Telecare - fully trained staff on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 365 days a year to visit homes following emergency calls from bed sensors, door sensors, smoke alarms etc. HomeSafe – a range of products and services offering everything you may need to support independence at home and in the local community. Aids and equipment can be delivered to your door and adaptations completed by trained assessors. 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

Work Based Training One to One Support Work Based Training Group Support

Day (6 hours)

AM or PM (3 hours)

Hourly Rate







Linked Employment support will be charged on an hourly rate of £27. 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 Paul Billings - Operational Manager South Essex Tel: 07585 308 199

0845 835 0150

OHS 560702/EMS 560701/FS 560700

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Essex Cares: A guide to Work Based Training and Social Enterprise in South Essex  

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