Today is International Coffee Day, a fine time to celebrate the gift that keeps on giving: coffee. Why not take the opportunity to support local enterprises that lift up disabled people in the community instead of a chain coffee store, if you’ve got one close by? Here are just a few of our favourite cafes that help to support the disabled community.

Yellow Submarine Cafe

Witney: 1st Floor, Windrush Leisure Centre, Witan Way, Witney OX28 4YA
Oxford: 12 Park End St, Oxford OX1 1HH

Yellow Submarine’s Oxford cafe has regularly been labled the number one cafe in Oxford on TripAdvisor and runs a traineeship program for staff who live with autism and learning disabilities. Mine’s a medium vanilla latte, just in case you’re planning on popping in.

 

Windmills

92/94 Brandon Parade S, Motherwell ML1 1LY

Windmills Cafe in Motherwell, just outside of Glasgow, offers modern apprenticeships, training, volunteer work and employment for 16-25-year-olds who live with learning disabilities. They also provide the young people they train with qualifications that they can take on to use in the catering industry, which sets them up for a brilliant career. Oh, and the cake? The cake.

 

Park View Cafe

Cowbridge Rd E, Cardiff CF5 1BE

The Park View Cafe in Cardiff is a social enterprise which offers training and mentorship for disabled people in Wales. Park View Cafe offers up a host of vegetarian options, and sources as many of their ingredients locally as they can, as well as producing some on their very own organic farm project in the Vale of Glamorgan.

 

Strawberry Line Cafe

Yatton Railway Station, Station Rd, Yatton BS49 4AJ

If you find yourself at Yatton Railway, head into Strawberry Lane for a coffee and some awesome cake. The cafe is staffed by people who live with learning disabilities and is located in a stunning historical setting. Relax by the wood burner and grab a slice of something sweet before you head for your train.

 

Mudlarks

If you can look me in the eye and tell me you don’t want to die eating that lemon drizzle covered in flowers, I just want you to know that I don’t believe you and I absolutely never will. Mudlarks cafe provides employment to people who live with learning disabilities, and their focus on keeping cake and coffee accessible to all extends into their ingredients, too. Artisan bakers make vegan, vegetarian, gluten- and sugar-free cakes for everyone to enjoy.

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