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Shop opens in Nottingham teaching people with autism and learning disabilities how to work – Notts TV

A craft shop has opened in Nottingham teaching people with autism and learning disabilities important employment skills to work in retail.

Space Inclusive is an East Midlands organisation working with young adults with autism and special needs to enhance their employment, social and living skills.

The organisation has been running for seven years and opened the shop, Spacecraft, based in Hucknall Road, Sherwood, on May 19.

Workers have learned how to operate the till, handle money, stock check and make the products on sale.

The shop sells a range of craft products such as candles and cushions.

Stella Dowbenko, the shop’s manager, said: “The guys need to be here on time and get the shop to a certain standard ready to serve customers, and fulfil the stock demands as well.

“It gives them routine, some purpose, it allows them to socialise with other people, people with learning disabilities and people without them. It also gives them independence and responsibility.”

The young people, aged 18-plus, pay for the service which supports them after they leave college and school.

Stella added: “People with learning disabilities and autism can be quite isolated from a young age. It becomes apparent as a young adult.

“Our guys can be excluded from society unfortunately. We see it a lot in work placements and skills for employment to get a job are really important.”

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