The Phabulous Cafe

by Jenny in Leigh On Sea, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 15th October 2019 we successfully raised £5,225 with 68 supporters in 55 days

The Phabulous Cafe will be just that... Phabulous! Not only we will be serving Phabulous food but you will be served by Phabulous people!

by Jenny in Leigh On Sea, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

The original cafe is old and in much need of some tlc, all monies will be going to replacing vital equipment, flooring and decorating to make the cafe as warm and inviting as The Phab Shop is known to be. 

We will be doing this on a very tight budget and will draw on any resources we can, but to go beyond this amount will mean that we can provide more resources that will benefit our workers with additional needs. We can provide a PC and printer to complete qualifications in catering and to learn new skills by developing leaflets, menu designs, etc. We can replace equipment that is on its last legs, ensuring our workers have access to up to date equipment to help gain more transferable skills if opportunities open up to gain employment is food establishments. Over that amount, we can provide more support and opportunities in running groups to bake cakes to sell, organise more social events to encourage team building and friendships... The sky's the limit!

What is The Phabulous Cafe?

The Phabulous Cafe idea starts with The Phab Shop... The Phab Charity Shop was set up in 2012, it's main aim to provide volunteers with additional needs with training, experience, confidence, and skills in the retail sector. Today we are a thriving charity shop having helped over 200 people with additional needs, giving them confidence, creating friendships and the opportunity to show their talents, creativeness, and skills to the world! 


Support and opportunities for people with additional needs drops dramatically once a young person reached 16/18 years of age. Reducing these opportunities leads to fewer opportunities for socialising and therefore an increased risk of isolation, and a low sense of self-worth as their employability status can be extremely low. This can have a huge impact on a person’s mental health, wellbeing and confidence. We wanted to change that. That's when The Phab Charity shop was born.

Today we have over 30 volunteers with additional needs, needing various levels of support from one-to-one support, to support being on hand when needed. Last year, two of our volunteers moved onto full time paid employment!

Elise (Phab Shop Volunteer): "I love meeting new people and making new friends. I love all the different jobs like sorting donations and serving customers. and I love all the support we give each other, we're one big family"

Dean (Phab Shop volunteer): "I love the shop because if you have got any problems at home, when you get here you forget all about it."

Daniel (Phab Shop volunteer): " I can't believe how much I've achieved in the time I've spent at The Phab Shop and how far I've come... from being shy, nervous, lack of confidence and self-esteem to having bags of confidence and making friends left, right and center!"

Matthew (Phab Shop Volunteer): "It's good fun, I like going on the till, steaming clothes and organising the jewellery."

So how can we make this even better?... I hear you ask

We now have a fantastic opportunity to help more people in a different area of the retail world... we are opening our very own... Phabulous Cafe! This cafe will be run by people with additional needs with one to one support from The Phab Shop team. Another fantastic opportunity to gain real-life skills in the food industry. 

As with The Phab Shop, The Phabulous Cafe will provide free training to our volunteers for however long they would like to continue volunteering. Outside of the shop, we have regular meetups where all the volunteers get together to have a meal out, another opportunity to help build confidence and social skills. We also organise team building days and special events and are hoping to expand these opportunities with The Phabulous Cafe.

This is the part where you come in...

To get this project going and to give it a fighting chance of succeeding we need your support. We need to raise £5000. Although the building has previously been run as a cafe it is in much need of some tlc. We need to replace some equipment and give the cafe a makeover that will be inviting to customers and create that warm welcome The Phab Shop is known to give.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Donate £20 and you will receive a voucher for a free hot drink and a slice of yummy cake for you and a friend, served by our phabulous team!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Donate £10 and you will receive a voucher for a free hot drink and a slice of yummy cake, served by our phabulous team!

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Donate £50 and receive an afternoon tea for you and a friend, served by our phabulous team!

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