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SEND Coffee and the SEND department – helping people with disabilities into work

23 April 2021 The Metro newspaper publishes a heart-warming story about how one of our employer partners is helping students into independent living.

Newham College has always been committed to providing an inclusive environment for our students with additional needs. Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision has been designed to develop their talents and inspire them to achieve their aspirations for independence, regardless of their circumstances.

One of the core objectives of our SEND provision is to help learners to be job ready so that they can eventually secure paid or voluntary employment. As one of the largest providers in the country, Newham College works with several high-profile employers to deliver a programme of supported internships.

So, it is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff and students, that one of our partners, SEND Coffee – an independent, not-for-profit coffee shop created out of a pilot scheme with Newham College – was the subject of an article published in the Metro newspaper.

The article focuses on Harry George – a serial entrepreneur who has established a slew of coffee shops across the capital – who was inspired to help people with disabilities into work through a chance encounter with a homeless man. The experience resonated with Harry greatly, leading to trialling a pilot scheme, working with SEND students from Newham College and the eventual founding of SEND Coffee in East Ham and later with additional locations in Camden and Hackney.

Newham College believes that everyone has limitless potential regardless of their circumstances. Our SEND provision continues to celebrate success stories and this feature illustrates just what is possible when students are provided with the right foundation and opportunities.

Have a read of this heart-warming story. I dare you not to smile.

If you would like more information about our SEND courses, visit the Supported Learning page or contact 020 8257 4000 or to discuss how you could benefit from our study programmes.

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