The Coffee Mill opens in Burnley run by staff and students of Ridgewood Community High School

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A community cafe run by staff and students of a Burnley special school has opened in a shared workspace.

The Coffee Mill is a new work-based learning provision run by staff and students of Ridgewood Community High School whose aim is to provide meaningful work experience and future employment opportunities for local young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Located in the Sandygate Halls building on Sandygate Square, and is open to the public.

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The Coffee Mill is run by Ridgewood staff and studentsThe Coffee Mill is run by Ridgewood staff and students
The Coffee Mill is run by Ridgewood staff and students

Head of Sixth Form, Sarah Booth: “This is really important for the futures of students at Ridgewood as they're gaining real world experience.

“There's also now a classroom in the same building as the Coffee Mill where they're taught vocational lessons including barista skills and other important real-world studies. We are calling this the ‘Ridgewood Hospitality Offer’.”

Businesses on Slater Terrace, UCLan students living in Sandygate Halls, and walkers on the canal could all be potential new customers.

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