Inspiration, Awards… And An Exceptionally Good Breakfast!

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11th April 2017

A popular café which supports young people with learning disabilities to gain training and real-world experience has been honoured with an award by the Houses of Parliament.

Rumbletums hosted a special ceremony for volunteers, staff parents and carers to mark the occasion last month at its premises in Kimberley.

On hand to present the award was MP and long-term customer Anna Soubry, who also made the nomination for the MPs special award for Inspirational Community Group late last year.

The MP for Broxtowe says she’s in no doubt as to why the café deserves the award.

She said: “The coffee here is absolutely outstanding and the breakfasts are so good!

“It’s a great café but it also manages to be a remarkable place because of the training and the opportunities it provides for these young people and that makes it even more special”.

The amazing breakfasts were something of a theme at the event – as Chair of Trustees Derek Gardiner revealed while speaking about what brought him to the charity nearly two years ago.

He said: “I fell in love with the place as my son lived in Kimberley and used to keep raving about the breakfasts on a Sunday morning.

“It’s something to do with the look on the young people’s face as they’re serving you - they’re just so enthusiastic… and our customers feel the same!”

The former baker and part time trainer at the cafe says the charity didn’t even know they’d been nominated for the award until they were told they had won – but that doesn’t make it any less precious.

He added: “We thrilled to have the award as it reflects all the hard work of our volunteers, staff and trainers”.

For more information about the café and its trainee and volunteer programs visit http://rumbletums.org.uk or telephone 0115 938 4953

A Parent’s View:

“I think what makes Rumbletums unique is the support that is given to the trainees, who are expected to complete tasks within the cafe but who are fully supported to enable them to achieve. Allowances are made for the fact that the trainees may have difficulties but excuses are not accepted and so each trainee gains in confidence and self esteem.

"I don't know where else people with learning difficulties would get this level of support, which allows them to feel they are doing something worthwhile”.