Yellow Submarine have just won the Lloyds Bank Foundation’s South East Charity Achievement Award for Enterprising Collaboration which comes with a prize of £1,000 and a place on the shortlist for the UK Final for the Charity Achievement Awards in October.
Here is what the Lloyds Bank Foundation said about them in the press release announcing the award:
Trailblazer of enterprising collaboration, Yellow Submarine partnered with their local college to become the first employer in Oxfordshire to offer apprenticeships to people with learning difficulties. Now their social enterprise cafés are topping the charts on TripAdvisor, and the quality of their cuisine is becoming the talk of their towns.
The cafés Yellow Submarine have created are at the centre of their mission, which is to give young people and adults in Oxfordshire with learning disabilities the chance of a more independent and hopeful future. Based in Oxford and Witney, the cafés provide apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience for people with learning disabilities, allowing them to develop skills so that they can begin to stand on their own two feet. The impact being made by Yellow Submarine is outstanding not only in the way that it helps those in the community, but in the way it generates income through its café, which is inspiring others in the sector to find new sources of income too. Yellow Submarine are actively working to establish a range of other partnerships to be able to help more people train, prepare for and move into work.
It has been quite a month for Yellow Submarine! On the 19th of June they won the Oxford Times Charity and Community Award at the 2015 Oxfordshire Business Awards, then last week they were awarded £35,000 from the NatWest’s Skills and Opportunity Fund and now this!
Congratulations to the whole team there!!!