15th October 2019
Rumbletums, in Kimberley, is a community hub with a café and supported training project. The group began eight years ago as an idea between parents of children with learning disabilities and additional needs. They noticed that there was a lack of opportunities for their children and others like them to develop the skills and experience needed to succeed in life and decided to do something about it.
The café opened in 2011, with a fully voluntary staff base and has grown organically over time. Fundraising and generous donations from local people and businesses has meant that the project has been able to grow organically and now employs a number of full-time staff, who work alongside the volunteers and trainees. The café provides an opportunity for 16-30 year olds with learning disabilities and additional needs, such as physical disabilities, to work in a café environment. With a variety of roles to fill, trainees could be working in the kitchen or
front of house, depending on their comfort levels, abilities and preferences. Shifts last a maximum of three hours. Trainees benefit from a wide range of experiences and skills outside the café too. The group has a local allotment, where trainees learn to grow food, and there are regular daytrips to see businesses and employability skills in action.
In July, Rumbletums celebrated their eighth birthday and announced the excellent news that they have been awarded a grant of £150,000 from Power to Change. This money means that they are able to buy the building they have rented for eight years and secure the future of the café. The group will also be taking the opportunity to grow the charity and introduce more full-time roles to help with this expansion.
Rumbletums community centre is on Victoria Street in Kimberley and regularly
hosts events, coffee mornings and activities. For more information, visit
rumbletums.org.uk and follow Rumbletums on Facebook.