Creative students with special educational needs have brightened up a community café in Edmonton.
Supported Learning students at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) have the Café 311 in Community House on Fore Street.
They spent the past few months making various decorations to reflect the café’s theme of the four seasons.
The group created colourful bunting of autumnal prints and leaves along with mobiles of butterflies and pinecones, which they attached to the ceiling.
The students also produced a spring scene on a large piece of fabric featuring a woodland of trees, flowers and animals, which they stapled to a wooden frame to create a screen.
The screen will be used to cordon off areas of the café for anyone wanting to have a more private meeting.
Supported Learning student Danuta Allan, 49, said: “I have enjoyed making all the decorations and bunting for the café.
“We have worked really hard on it. It’s helped me learn about art and come up with some ideas, and see what else you can do.
“I feel quite proud that it is now up and people can see what we have done.”
Another student, Sherelle Croasdale, 26, added: “It looks very bright and colourful and I’m really excited to see it in the café.
“I like art and making cards, so I really enjoyed this project. It shows you can do different things if you put your mind to it.”
Café 311 is run by The Camden Society, which provides employment, training and supported living and day services for people with learning disabilities across London and Oxfordshire.
The café offers work placement opportunities to people with learning disabilities, including six Supported Learning students from CONEL.
Olivean Godfrey, Project Worker at The Camden Society who helps run the café, said: “The decorations are absolutely lovely and added even more colour to an already very colourful room. I’m sure it is something our customers will enjoy.
“The students have clearly put in a lot of creativity and work into them, and it’s good to see them involved in supporting their community.”
- Last Updated: 22 August 2018