Our Stories

Jacob’s Story

Jacob is part of our Work with No Barrier Program and is sharing his story with gratitude.  Your purchasing power has given him an opportunity.

What a love for life Jacob has.

Jacob loves to explore the imaginary, the creative and always wants to be exploring new ways to create. If you want something and can’t find it, he is thinking of how to make it happen.

Jacob loves being part of the Cosplay world, playing music.

He came to the Tailrace Working With No Barriers programme to help him learn how to engage and find his place in a world of the employed.

Since Joining the team Jacob has learnt many skills that have helped him to meet challenges head on. He loves the support he  gets from his manager Kat and the team in the Café.

One of the wonderful things he has learnt is his limitations and how to share this with others.

This can seem like a small step but it is a huge step towards acquiring the skills needed for employment.

Thank you for supporting Tailrace Cafe. Thank you for helping us give back to our local community.

Cameron’s Story

When we talk about Brave we are talking about Cameron’s story.

An amazing young man who captures images through his photography with such beauty, spreading joy through his smile and his contagious banter.

But life wasn’t always so sunny!

When we first met Cam, he was struggling to make friends, to fit in and to concentrate at school.

Anxiety and seclusion seemed to be his only friends.

Then Cameron put on his brave.

He became a part of our Working with no Barriers program.

Because he chose to be brave the real Cameron has emerged.

He is full of joy and laughter and loves making coffees for staff and guests.

If you love a good latte, and I mean a really good latte Cameron can help you out.

One of his teachers has remarked that Friday is the day for stories.

All the stories and laughs and excitement that has come out of Cameron’s Thursday at the Tailrace

Now school is exciting, there is hope for tomorrow and subjects to be conquered and when school finishes Cameron’s greatest wish is to work at the Tailrace Café where he can pay forward the love, joy and acceptance that he has received.

Thank you so much for being a part of Cameron’s journey.

For helping him stay Brave.

Jasmine’s Story

I am seriously a for life fan of the Work With No Barriers Program and Jasmine’s story is why.

As a village we have helped Jasmine go from work experience to valuable employee!

I hope you read that…You, I, and Us have helped Jasmine go from work experience to valuable employee.

I hope right now you are doing a happy dance.

This is a major achievement…thank you, thank you, thank you.

If you’re at the Tailrace on a Tuesday you will have met Jasmine.

Jasmine started at the beginning of the year as a work experience student.

Before coming to the Tailrace Work with no Barrier Program, Jasmine had applied for lots of casual jobs but lacked the confidence to succeed.

School was also a challenge and she found her world getting smaller.

Since being part of the program Jasmine has become a happier person.

She’s not the only one with a smile on her face these days.

Her mum is loving the program.  She loves to see Jasmine’s face light up after a shift or training session.   She is such a joy to be around.

Jasmine loves being at Tailrace and she loves the person she is becoming by being here.

Jasmine says she has become more confident, she’s made new friends.

She is finding courage as she tries new things.

For her she finds permission to try because  the Tailrace staff are so encouraging.  This new found confidence is spilling over into other parts of her life and she’s decided to try Dance next year at College.

She finds herself smiling more and more at life.

Smiling at the adventure of discovering new things about herself… …what she likes and what she doesn’t like.

“I found it difficult at first, I didn’t like working in the kitchen but now I am in the café and I love making coffees and being busy in the café!”

She’s gone from work experience to valuable employee!  The Work with no Barriers works!

We love you Jasmine and love your BRAVE.  There is so much goodness in life for you.  You are a treasure.  Thank you for being in our life.