About Beresford Street Kitchen

Beresford Street Kitchen is a busy café, meeting point and social hub. However, it is far more than this: the different floors house a number of zones which enable a range of training, work and community engagement.

Beresford Street Kitchen provides workplace opportunities for people with widely ranging skills and life experiences. In particular, it offers people with learning disabilities and autism the chance to develop workplace skills and engage with the community in an inclusive, safe and supportive environment. We provide both pre-employment work placements, traineeships and an apprenticeship scheme. The pre-employment service provides placements in our training kitchen and printing and production workshops. We aim to provide approximately twenty trainee and apprentice placements where people with learning disabilities will gain practical experience in a whole range of catering and hospitality operations including customer service skills, barista skills, food preparation. Each apprentice will also take part in a number of relevant courses and, where suitable, gain qualifications.

The Vision

Our vision is of an inclusive workforce, where people with learning disabilities and autism have the opportunity to maximize their potential, be recognized for their skills and be regarded positively and with respect.

Our mission is to provide quality education, training and employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities and autism by promoting:

Engagement, enablement, opportunity and progressionCommunity presenceThe development of meaningful rolesCo-operation with other organisations that share our aims and objectives

Our commercial mission is to provide a high quality service to customers within a sustainable and inclusive social enterprise model.

About Aspire

The Aspire Charitable Trust is a Jersey charity, founded in 2015 which aims to provide quality education, training and employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities and autism. It operates through its wholly-owned Jersey company Beresford Street Kitchen Limited (founded in 2016), a multi-faceted social enterprise which will reinvest all of its profits back into the charity.