15 January 2016

Students from North Lindsey College receive glowing praise from a local community café.

Opened in 1972 the Central Community Centre on Lindum Street not only offers hot food in the café but also provides a community feel with services and activities to access.  The café is solely charity based and the profits are being turned around to improve the building.

The centre has been specifically helping students studying on the Life and Work Skills programmes and gaining this vital work experience has enabled students with learning difficulties to benefit from learning practically.  The students have been tasked with a variety of responsibilities including clearing tables, stock control, kitchen duties and customer services.

Every day of the week incorporates a different activity for customers including bingo, Zumba, dominoes, bowls, art club and languages.  The café opens every day and serves hot food until 4.00pm.  The venue also hires out rooms for functions and has close relations with Mencap and Cloverleaf and offers various channels for advice and support.

Paul Childs, Teaching Assistant, commented: “This is a prime example of the College and community working together for a mutual benefit.  Our students have benefitted in terms of skills learnt and personal confidence.”

Students who have had this type of work experience can then progress onto a pre-internship, then advance onto an internship and then onto a paid apprenticeship.  Cyril Nottingham (Chairman of Central Community Centre) who runs the Centre commented “We feel we have created a brilliant partnership with the College supporting young learners with placement opportunities within our busy community centre and hope this can continue in the future.

North Lindsey College is the largest provider of post-16 education and training in North Lincolnshire, offering a wide range of further education programmes, both vocational and academic, and apprenticeship courses at a range of levels.