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A Blog by one of our Self-Reliant Groups (reproduced with their permission)
01/07/2017

Miss Tilley's First Blog!
Hello and welcome to Miss Tilley's first ever Blog! 
Miss Tilley's are a Self Reliant Group who share a joint vision to provide valued and valuable employment opportunities for people with disabilities and learning needs. The inspiration behind our venture is a young lady called Miss Laura Tilley and with the fantastic support and mentoring of Purple Shoots we have formed a Community Cafe. 


Laura has Downs Syndrome and we have been friends for many years. On completing her college course and looking to enter the world of work Laura and I recognised that there can be many obstacles facing people with disabilities and learning needs. With this in mind we decided to start our own venture fostering the ethos of 'a job for all' and highlighting the absolute importance of promoting equality and celebrating each other's diversity. At Miss Tilley's we recognise individual strengths and facilitate employment through adapting the working environment and through giving support, encouragement and a sense of belonging. 


Miss Tilley's Community Cafe opened its doors on 11th April 2016 and from our first cake sale event to afternoon teas, street festivals and family fun days Miss Tilley's SRG has gone from strength to strength. In September 2016 we joined forces with Beulah United Reform Church in Rhiwbina and with their support Miss Tilley's was given a regular slot in the Whittaker Lounge, Church Cafe. We now open every Monday and Tuesday in term time and one Wednesday in every five. We also regularly hold events and have formed a link with a local nursery who visit us for stories, singing and refreshments. Through these partnerships and events we are  working with the community to break down the barriers that face those with disabilities and learning needs and we are a visibly and valuable presence in our community. 
Over the last fourteen months we have increased our team to include a number of brilliant young people with disabilities and learning needs and a group of wonderful volunteers who we are very grateful to. We have now taken on Delroy, a young man with Down Syndrome and a flare for baking, to work with Laura in the cafe on a weekly basis and it is fantastic to see Laura and Delroy supporting and learning from each other. And so as a community we have begun a vibrant, fun, inclusive and tasty community cafe! Come and visit us to see for yourself! 


Please follow our blog and check out our opening times and next events at our Facebook page - Miss Tilley's Community Cafe or contact us via our e mail at Misstilleys@gmail.com.


We are so grateful to everyone who supports us and can't wait to hear from you! 

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