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College saves Community Café

We are delighted to introduce our latest enterprise, coffee shop & bakery Breward’s in the heart of Mountsorrel.

We believe that our students achieve through experience, which is why we run our own enterprises. People with learning disabilities often struggle to gain meaningful employment, so we use our enterprises to help equip our students with the knowledge, experience and transferable skills needed to secure external work placements and future employment.

When we first heard that Sorrel Youth Café’s future was uncertain, we reached out to see if we could help. Community is so important to our College ethos, and despite only moving our main site to Mountsorrel in 2019, we already knew of the importance the SYC held to the village.

We are delighted to save the space and to be working with SYC’s Coordinator Nicci Ilett to continue operating as a community coffee shop. We very much want to keep it as a hub for groups within Mountsorrel. We are also exploring the idea of an artisan bakery with goods made in our students’ catering sessions.

Along with edible goods, we will also be selling a range of craft products, woodwork, artwork and cards made by our students and residents. We have had success at local market stalls so we are looking forward to having a permanent outlet for our students’ great work.

Once we secured the site, we held a graphic design competition for our students to design the logo for Breward’s. We had lots of great entries, but we were particularly inspired by William D’s creation. Using that as inspiration, we’ve developed a great brand and are excited to show off our loyalty cards once the coffee shop opens with William’s strap-line: B.Rewarded ‘Work Hard. Drink Coffee. Eat Cake.’

Breward’s is currently being redecorated and we’d like to thank Bell Group for their skills and expertise in helping us with this, along with AkzoNobel and Dulux Decorating Centre Loughborough for their generosity. 

The first half term we will be letting our students settle into the space and prepare for work. Breward’s will open later in the year, and we look forward to welcoming you then!