The Swansea seafront cafe staffed almost entirely by people with autism – Wales Online


Ripples near Mumbles is helping to equip them with work skills

By Nino Williams
  • 11:13, 20 DEC 2018
  • Updated 11:21, 20 DEC 2018

A popular seafront cafe is being run by hard-working staff, almost all of whom have autism.

Ripples, situated on the foot and cycle path between Mumbles and Blackpill, has invited the workers to help it out and learn vital work place skills, by keeping the business running over the winter months.

And the experience is helping to prepare them for the the wider jobs market, according to support workers from Swansea-based Autism Spectrum Disorder Employment Services (ASDES).

Judith Thatcher, operations manager with ASDES, said: “Ripples had taken on one lad with autism and could see it was working well, so we came up with the idea of asking if we could employ more people over the winter.

“The owner, Dennis, said let’s go for it, and it’s been working very well. It’s been the chance of a lifetime for some of them.

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