Touchbase Care is a dynamic community group, located in Folkestone’s Creative Quarter. The organisation take an innovative and holistic approach to supporting adults and young people with physical disabilities, learning difficulties, neurodiversity and sensory impairment.
The arts, health and wellbeing center is based on Tontine Street in the heart of the Creative Quarter. The team provide a packed timetable of activities designed to improve physical and emotional wellbeing. Sessions include arts and craft, singing, film and animation, drama, massage therapy, Sewing and textiles, cycling, pottery and many more.
Touchbase Care pride themselves on providing a place where people with disadvantages and disabilities can enjoy being together, learning, sharing skills and living life to the fullest.
The Touchbase team approached The Walker Construction Trust with a vision. A vision to create a completely inclusive Community Café. Using in date, surplus to requirements supermarket food to produce high quality, low cost meals, bringing together members of the community, particularly those who are at risk of isolation or disadvantage. Acting as a focus point for community events, and providing volunteering and work experience for all sections of the community.
Perhaps some freshly made soup, a sandwich or cooked dish may take your fancy? We know the afternoon tea and cake will certainly be a winner. This Community Café will be autism friendly, fully accessible and equipped to cater for a range of dietary requirements. The project will promote and adopt sustainable and environmentally friendly approaches, with a yummy selection of treats.
Members of Touchbase Care are people with physical disabilities, learning difficulties, neuro diversity and sensory impairment age 16 and above. Members will gain knowledge on how to cook from fresh, learning new recipes, experience cooking in a commercial environment, along with food hygiene, health and safety, customer service, budgeting, managing money and marketing training.
“We are very grateful to the Walker Construction Trust for the kind donation towards start up costs of our No Waste Cafe.
People with disabilities are often under resourced and under supported in employment. and we have been frustrated with the lack of work experience opportunities for our young people. This space will be an opportunity for the young people and adults with disabilities we support to gain essential skills, working face to face with the public, improving their confidence, challenging perceptions, breaking down barriers and raising disability awareness. It will also be an opportunity for individuals to gain support in running their own business, working in a commercial kitchen and retail environment, with the view of helping individuals to gain future paid employment.
The experience will enable our cohort to become further embedded into our community, Creative Folkestone and to feel useful, not hidden, contributing to society as valued citizens and creative’s. We found the process of applying to Trust very straight forward and really appreciated the time they took to visit our centre and understand our project.”