Our aim is to give our adults a taste of working life. This may not lead to a permanent job, but it will give an insight into what is expected of them in a real job. We offer work experience and a worthwhile fulfilling role within the community. The project gives them a secure work-based environment for as long as they require it. It gives them a sense of purpose and achievement, builds self-esteem whilst giving them the chance to discover and develop their own individual abilities.
A Different Brew
The most recent project of B.O.L.D. The new venture is staffed by adults with learning disabilities, working both front and back of house. B.O.L.D has been part of the Bedford community for the last 23 years, over this time B.O.L.D has evolved into a very comprehensive organisation providing a wide range of services for people with learning disabilities, challenging behaviour along with a diverse range of additional disabilities.
The café is at the site of an old public house and the décor is very individual and all the furniture was created in our Workshop. The project members that work in the café have done their food hygiene certificate and participate in all the food preparation.
All the food is cooked fresh to order by our project members under staff supervision and is made on site and uses where possible fruit and veg from out allotment and eggs from our Animal Farm. The suppliers that we use are local as we feel this is important. We are able to offer vegetarian and gluten free options. Most importantly the café is open to all members of the public.
Workshop, Farm & Gardening
Working with wood is known to be very therapeutic, with this mind we set up a workshop where our project members restore and mend donated furniture, upcycle donated items and make new items.
Old furniture that is donated is stripped by hand and then given a new lease of life, or recycled into something completely different such as donated sewing machines are now tables in our café.
Thanks to kind donations we have a quantity of wood which we use to make planters, benches, Christmas decorations, bird boxes, garden furniture and many other decorative items which are sold online, at craft sales and at our café. Nothing is wasted as left over wood is bagged up and sold as kindling.
All the furniture in our café started life in our workshop and has been transformed from unwanted items to individual pieces of furniture all slightly different all lovingly made.
Animal husbandry in the form of a small holding is the latest venture by B.O.L.D. On the site of the café we, our gardening team, have built a chicken coup and run, a pig enclosure and goat enclosure. Our project members are learning basic animal care and what is entailed when running a small holding, they are involved with feeding, grooming, protection and what to look out for to keep them healthy.
B.O.L.D has a large range of garden maintenance contracts in the community, looking after gardens (sites) for schools, housing associations, businesses and private individuals. We also take on one off projects including fencing, patio laying and site clearance. This gives people with learning disabilities experience of work and responsibility. The gardening programme also builds self- esteem and confidence and forms friendships that will last a lifetime.