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Autumn Newsletter 2023

November 14, 2023 Posted in: News

Our candidates are looking forward to a future full of possibilities …

The new academic year brings a chance for us to celebrate our candidates and their many achievements. Our young people remain at the heart of everything we do, and we continue to have a huge impact on their lives.

Team Domenica have given me so many opportunities. I now have a paid job and it feels really rewarding. I get a lot out of being in work, I feel like I have potential.

Sam, Team Domenica candidate

Our Impact

In our latest report, we found that:

⭐️ 92% of our candidates feel happier
⭐️ 95% believe they are more skilled
⭐️ 98% have made more friends
⭐️ 91% feel good about their future

This just touches the surface of our impact. To read more amazing statistics, testimonials and stories, read our latest Impact Report.

We are thrilled to have so many young people moving forward in their journeys. Read on to see what else they’ve been up to recently.

Kickstarting the New Year

Candidates join our Supported Employment Programme

This year, 20 candidates were welcomed onto our Supported Employment Programme. Together, we’ve built a real sense of community, safety and growth.

Our young people have gone from strength to strength since starting their training – gaining invaluable skills at Café Domenica, enrichment, and our training centre. In our cafés, our candidates have been focusing on their food hygiene, time keeping and barista skills.

This years new starters have been settling in well, they are showing great progress and are presenting clear dedication to their learning. They report enjoying their training and are a joy to have around. The progress they have made already is astounding and I am excited to see how far they will go.”

Phoebe, Café Training Lead at Team Domenica

Candidates start their Supported Internships

Some of our second year candidates are beginning their supported internships. Each placement is chosen based on a candidate’s interests and ambitions, and – with the help of a personal Job Coach – their roles are tailored to their abilities to ensure success.

My supported internship is brilliant. Baked is a really good place to work and I’m getting to know the job really well.

Team Domenica candidate Ronnie, speaking about his Supported Internship at Baked

I love making the drinks and I’m excited and ready to learn!”

Team Domenica candidate Theo, speaking about his Supported Internship at Pizza Pilgrims

Admissions for 2024

We are now accepting applications for our training programme starting in September 2024, open to any young person with learning disabilities aged 19-24, with an EHCP and a desire to gain employment.

Find out more and download an enquiry form

Alex’s Employment Journey

At Team Domenica, Alex found people who understood him. He was able to show off his upbeat and sociable nature, whilst also learning new skills in the classroom and through work experience.

One of these placements was at Hoogly Tea, weighing and packing stock with their friendly staff. Alex and his colleagues enjoyed working together so much that their partnership transitioned into a supported internship the following year.

Then, this September, Alex was offered a paid position within their ranks. He is a fantastic addition to the Hoogly team, attending all their social events, be that playing board games or taking part in their quiz night.

Alex has fitted in so well, we are all very fond of him and enjoy working together. Team Domenica have been so supportive and helpful throughout and we would highly recommend any business to work with them.

Tina, Alex's manager at Hoogly Tea


We offer ongoing support after a candidate starts employment and it is thanks to this commitment that over 95% of our young people retain their position for at least one year.

But that’s not all. Our Wrap Around Programme also supports candidates in their ventures beyond Team Domenica. For example:

Our Post-Internship Manager recently signposted and supported one of our candidates – David – through his application and interview for a ‘Quality Checker’ position at Grace Eyre. David has since been offered this role alongside his original job at The Sound Rooms (gained through our Supported Internship Programme).

Get Involved

Brighton Marathon Weekend 2024

We’re now accepting sign ups to next years Brighton Marathon and BM10K. By running for Team Domenica, you will help us continue our innovative programmes that create futures for our fantastic candidates.

What’s more, we’ll pay for your place, all we ask is that you commit to a fundraising target in return. The money raised will help support a candidate in our Wrap Around Programme, meaning that people like Katie (below) can receive our ongoing support, even after attaining paid work. Click the image below to read her success story.

How Do We Support our Runners?

When you sign up to run for Team Domenica at the Brighton Marathon Weekend, you’ll receive:

  • A FREE place for the Marathon or BM10k
  • A high-quality, personalised Team Domenica running shirt with your name on
  • 1-to-1 fundraising support from our team
  • Invitations to our runner meetups (coffee and cake on us!)
  • Mega support on the day from our team and community
  • A voucher for a free coffee in one of four Café Domenica locations in Brighton.
  • Email to find out more and register,
  • alternatively call 07423462931 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm).

Making a Splash

We want to say a massive WELL DONE and THANK YOU to everyone who joined us in going to ‘Great Lengths’ for our candidates on 24 September 2023 – we’re so proud of you!

It was a fantastic launch to our first fundraising event and, together, our swimmers raised over £28,000 for Team Domenica. Find out more about the day by watching the above video or reading our latest news.

Rosa Monckton MBE, our founder and chair, also swam on the day. She said:

I am so proud of all the swimmers. A lot of our candidates have been swimming, their parents, people who’ve been touched by the charity and the way in which we transform lives. It’s clear to me that we should do this again and I am already going to put my hand up and do 800m next year!

Rosa Monckton, founder & chair of Team Domenica

Cafe Domenica logo


With the days getting shorter and temperatures dropping, our winter warmers are now on sale at Café Domenica. Just pop in to any of our four locations to try the deliciousness for yourself!

Opening Hours

5-7 Preston Road
Mon-Fri: 8.30am – 4.30pm

Plus X Brighton
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 3:30pm

Jubilee Library
Mon-Sat: 10am – 4pm

Hove Library
Mon-Fri (excluding Wednesdays): 10am – 4pm

Instagram: @CafeDomenica


Christmas Catering

Are you looking for some fresh, affordable and rewarding catering for your staff party, private dinner or social gathering this Christmas?

Our candidates can cater for you. From preparation to plate, they work hard to create the best possible experience.

Thank you for the lovely cakes and treats. We had wonderful comments about your carrot cake loaf! It’s the best carrot cake in all of SUSSEX!

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

To find out more or make an enquiry, contact us:


Exciting Events

Café Domenica is a hub for the Brighton & Hove community. We’re home to a variety of exciting and creative events such as our upcoming Candle Painting Night…

Whether you want to treat yourself, create a personalised gift or stretch your artistic muscles, this is the event for you! Tickets are £15 each which covers the cost of three tapered candles, a selection of coloured tealights and a variety of paints and brushes.

Find out more and get your tickets by visiting our Eventbrite or clicking below.

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