Students from Uplands School in North Swindon are looking forward to grand opening of their brand new shop and café on the site of the former pharmacy at Redhouse Village Centre.
Explaining the ethos behind the enterprise project, deputy head Andy Segal said: “We want to forge stronger links with the community and offer our students real work experience. They are great at customer service so it will be a fantastic opportunity to educate the public about the skills and abilities of our youngsters.”
The shop will sell good quality second hand items as well as cards, crafts and gifts that the students have produced themselves. The students will also bake their own cakes and treats for sale in the café.
Describing the venture as something the whole school will benefit from Andy said: “Whilst there is a small team of students responsible for the running of the shop, every single student regardless of disability will have some sort of input into the project.”
Uplands School has received support from Zurich and the Openworks Foundation to prepare the shop, which is set to be a smart addition to Redhouse, opposite the North Swindon Learning Campus.
To make donations of items to sell, drop in to the shop after it opens.