Who we are
WHO WE ARE
At Team Domenica, we strongly believe that young people with learning disabilities have the right to work, to lead fulfilling and purposeful lives, to have their individual gifts and talents recognised, and to feel included as valued members of society.
Founder & Chairman Rosa Monckton, whose younger daughter, Domenica, has Down’s Syndrome, set up the registered charity to help young people with learning disabilities find and retain meaningful employment.
Domenica was Princess Diana’s last godchild, and Rosa passionately promotes the late Princess’s belief that “everybody needs to be valued and everyone has the potential to give something back”.
There are 1.5 million people with learning disabilities in the UK and almost 94% are unemployed.
Far too many are missing out on the basic right to aspire to a career, along with the wider social networks, better emotional and physical health, and increased independence that comes from having a job. They share the same aspirations as everyone else and they want nothing more than the opportunity to demonstrate their full potential.
Together, our mission is to help people with learning disabilities discover their career potential, to create employment opportunities and to remove barriers to work in local communities.
WHAT WE DO
Based in central Brighton & Hove, and launched by the actress Julie Walters in September 2016, we operate through a unique three-tier set up of Training Centre, Training Cafés (Cafe Domenica) and Employment Centre. Through this we provide employment programmes to young people with a wide range of ability, referred to as our ‘candidates’ to more accurately reflect and emphasise their role as people ready for employment.
Training Centre – structured study, workplace skills and wellbeing support delivered by qualified teachers, Candidates work towards an accredited qualification, undertake work experience placments with partnered employers and take part in enrichment activities such as art and yoga to help with overall wellbeing. Our holistic approach is personalised to each candidate, with the aim to develop their independence, confidence, communication and work skills ready for paid employment.
Training Cafés (Café Domenica) – open to the public and staffed by our candidates, helping them to develop confidence and work experience in a real work environment. It also brings people in the communiy together, educating them on the real value gained by interacting with young people with learning disabilities.
Employment Centre – working in partnership with 48 employers to create employment opportunities for our candidates and to remove barriers to work for people with learning disablities. Educating employers and providing a lifelong commitment of support to them and our candidates and parents.
With the right training and support, we know that people with learning disabilities can bring real value to workplaces and society.
We are proud to say that Team Domenica has already made incredible progress towards breaking down barriers to work for people with learning disabilities:
To date, 75% of our candidates have progressed from internships into paid employment – compared to a national employment rate of 6% for people with learning disabilities.
95% of our candidates in paid employment have sustained their position for one year or more, due to the ongoing support we provide to both our candidates and employers. In comparison, just 20% of people with learning disabilities in the UK are able to sustain paid employment for longer than two months.
Candidates have grown both in ability and self-confidence, and our Training Café has become a community hub. It serves the purpose of not only educating our candidates, but also of showing the abilities of our candidates to the public. A number of the parents have said that our Centre has completely transformed their children’s lives.
"Getting a paid job has made me so happy, but it has made me even happier thinking about the friendships I have built. Team Domenica has made my life so much better." Joanna, Team Domenica candidate
Through your donations and fundraising support, we can continue to expand our services and transform the lives of young people with learning disabilities.