Down Syndrome charity hosts pop-up cafe in north Leeds – Yorkshire Evening Post

A Leeds charity is hosting its very own pop up cafe this week – run by and for young adults who have Down Syndrome.

Sunshine and Smiles, the Leeds Down Syndrome Network, is taking over the Carousel event space at 80 Otley Road in Far Headingley to run ‘Cafe 21’ from March 18 to March 25.

The week-long project has been organised to coincide with World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, a global awareness day which this year has a theme of ‘What I bring to my community’.

Throughout this week, Cafe 21 will be open every day serving home-made cakes and food, hot and cold drinks and gifts from The Potting Studio and Neal’s Yard.

A number of fundraising evening events have also been planned, including a pamper evening on Tuesday March 20, a clay workshop on Thursday March 22 and a curry night on Friday March 23.

Ailith Harley-Roberts, service manager at Sunshine and Smiles, said: “We have a group of young people who we do a lot of social and creative activities with who are over 16 but we’re aware that opportunities for either work experience or paid employment is significantly far less for young people with Down Syndrome. We wanted to do a pilot project to offer some training opportunities and to look at ways to hopefully develop something that would be sustainable in the longer-term.”

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