Headingley Print Features 21 Co.

Headingley Print Features 21 Co.

In our Shop and Café, 21 Co. we showcase and sell cards, paintings, pottery, and lots more which have been made by local artists and makers. For every purchase made in our shop, you will be contributing to independent designers, and also donating to Sunshine and Smiles – Leeds Down Syndrome Network.

Our newest addition is a print of Headingley, Leeds made by Richard Locket, and it features 21 co.!

The first 5 we had in stock sold out in the first week, but we have ordered some more and will be available to buy and order from Friday 22 February.

Thanks again Richard for including us in your print, we love it!

21 Co. Shop & Café is Now Open!

21 Co. Shop & Café is Now Open!

Sunshine and Smiles’ newest project 21 Co. has opened in the heart of Headingley, offering opportunities to young adults in Leeds who have Down Syndrome.

Catherine and Louise make a dream team!

21 Co. Shop and Café opened its doors on Saturday 12 January, and will operate as a gallery and coffee shop for a minimum of 6 months, and potentially longer if successful.

Friends and family of the charity Sunshine and Smiles came to support us on our first day, and it was lovely to see so many locals pop in to try our homemade cakes and Cielo coffee.

Since our Café 21 pop up at Carousel in March last year we have been looking for a long-term venue to have our very own shop and more importantly; offer work experience and training opportunities to our young adults who have Down Syndrome. We are extremely excited for this next chapter, and we invite you to join us on this journey. Not only will this be a great hub for our families too, but an opportunity to raise funds for the charity also.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ailith Harley-Roberts, service manager at Sunshine & Smiles said,

National statistics show that only 17 per cent of all adults with a learning disability are in paid employment. Clearly, it can be difficult for the young people we support to get the work experience and training they need to secure jobs.

Following our Café 21 pilot project we were determined to get something more long term off the ground! We will be aiming to meet the needs of young people with Down syndrome in the workplace and to create a long-term model where participants are treated like any other trainees and can access training and paid work.

Lorna and Lauren grinding the coffee
Francis and George always eager to help each other
Catherine making Lorna laugh again

 

 

 

 

 

 

We want to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us make this happen. As well as giving opportunities to our young adults, you can also purchase products from independent local designers and makers, including; hand made jewellery, local painters, sculptors & ceramicists. There’s also a chance to grab the last few copies of our 2019 Sunshine and Smiles Calendar, which is now on sale!

We look forward to seeing you 🙂

Find us: 21 Co. Headingley Central, Otley Road, LS6 2UE

Opening Times

  • Thursday 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Friday 08:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Thank you so much to Schroders Real Estate Investment Trust, Walker Morris LLP, Castlehouse Construction, local finance partnership Phoenix & Wolfe, The Wesleyan Foundation, Wade’s Charity, The Sir George Martin Trust, The Anton Yurgens Trust, St Chad’s Parish Fund, Cielo Coffee Roasters and local businessman Jonathan Morgan & his family.

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21 Co. Shop & Café Launches

Please join us as 21 Co. Shop & Café opens its doors to the members of the public on 12 January.

Since our Café 21 pop up at Carousel in March last year we have been looking for a long-term venue to have our very own shop and more importantly; offer work experience and training opportunities to our young adults who have Down Syndrome. We are extremely excited for this next chapter, and we invite you to join us on this journey. Not only will this be a great hub for our families too, but an opportunity to raise funds for the charity also.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We want to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us make this happen, including a special thank you to Schroders. As well as giving opportunities to our young adults, you can also purchase products from independent local designers and makers, including; hand made jewellery, local painters, sculptors & ceramicists. There’s also a chance to grab the last few copies of our 2019 Sunshine and Smiles Calendar, which is now on sale!

We look forward to seeing you 🙂

Find us: 21 Co. Headingley Central, Otley Road, LS6 2UE

A Special Thanks to Wesleyan Foundation

A Special Thanks to Wesleyan Foundation

We were delighted to be invited to attend a celebration event with Wesleyan Assurance and Wesleyan Foundation to say thank you for the funding Sunshine & Smiles has received to develop our Cafe 21 project.

Wesleyan 2 Wesleyan 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The event was to celebrate 1 million pounds of funding being distributed to over 200 community groups in the UK since the Wesleyan Foundation was created in 2017.

It was also great to be able to thank Leeds Community Foundation and Heart of England Community Foundation who have made it possible for organisations like us to apply for a grant from the Wesleyan Foundation.

Louise Palin, one of our Cafe 21 team, shared some of her thoughts with over 90 people from other beneficiary groups, Wesleyan and local Community Foundations … her last few words summed things up perfectly: help, kindness, people, & cake.

Wesleyan Group Photo

Carers Leeds & Café 21

Cafe 21
Louise, Ailith, Lorna

Café 21 were delighted to be invited to provide the refreshments for Carers Leeds Family Fun Day on 1st August at Leeds Mencap.

A fabulous afternoon of music, crafts, games, biscuit decorating and so much more!

We loved being a part of it and it looked like all of the families attending had a great time too!

Thank you Carers Leeds!