A Café staffed by people with disabilities is set to open near Broad Street Mall in Reading.

Ways into Work are fundraising £30,000 to help provide meaningful employment to people with disabilities and other barriers through the Chatham Place cafe.

The social enterprise and their partner New Directions College aim to build a “trendy new spot” for residents.

Managing Director Becky Lawson said: “This is going to be Reading’s best new café, just a few moments from the Broad Street Mall.

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“People coming to the café will not only be able to enjoy great coffee, fantastic sandwiches and delicious cakes, but will also get that feel-good-factor knowing that they’re supporting us in our really important mission of changing lives, one job at a time.”

A spokesperson for Ways into Work said the cafe will challenge perceptions of disability by demonstrating real diversity in the workforce and showcasing how employing people with disabilities can benefit employers.

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So far, £9,195 has been donated to the project.

Ways into Work is an employee-owned social enterprise working across Berkshire and Hampshire that support 500 people.

The organisation claims that that people across all disabilities are about 30 per cent less likely to be employed and without ongoing support, they are 60 per cent more likely to lose their jobs.