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Opportunities in the South West

Our day service in the South West gives adults with autism the opportunity to access a range of activities.

South West

Cafe Kudos

Cafe Kudos is a vocational opportunity located in Carluke. It is managed by a small specialist team of staff who enable adults with autism to develop various skills such as customer service, cooking and budgeting in a supported environment.

This thriving cafe is a firmly established part of the local community. Our vocational services offer adults with autism meaningful training opportunities and the chance to develop work skills in a safe environment. Learning valuable practical skills within this setting can enhance an individual’s self-esteem as they can see firsthand the value in the work they carry out. Individuals also have the opportunity to experience being part of a team, working together towards a common goal. This is important for building confidence and further developing their social and communication skills

Each individual has a personalised programme of support incorporating consistency and structure specific to their needs. Setting realistic and purposeful targets combined with regular progress reviews with our practitioners, ensures that each individual can build their confidence and reach their full potential.

Achieving Qualifications

The cafe provides an ideal learning environment as well as the opportunity to be included in the local community in a meaningful way. Individuals are encouraged and supported to gain recognised qualifications in hospitality based on the national framework, including SVQ levels 1 and 2 in Food Preparation and Cookery and also Food and Drink Service. 

Visit Us

Cafe Kudos, 5 Union Street, Carluke, ML8 4AG

Monday - Saturday, 10am - 3pm

Our vocational service is delivered by a dedicated team of Cafe Assistants and Kitchen Co-ordinators who receive regular autism-specific training. All of our day and vocational services are reviewed by the Care Inspectorate and full details of recent inspections can be found on their website: www.careinspectorate.com

Meet Joe

Since joining the team at Cafe Kudos, Joe has made considerable progress in terms of building his confidence and skills. Joe found his introduction to the cafe very challenging at first, struggling to make eye contact and isolating himself. Initially, he was wary of the coffee machine and intimidated by the kitchen.

 It has been a gradual process for Joe but with prompting and encouragement from the team, Joe has realised that people are interested in him and now he frequently initiates conversation, telling customers about his own interests. Consequently he has forged some real friendships. 

Joe’s confidence has increased so much that now he will go to the door to help elderly customers to their seats. He is very attentive, taking orders independently and using the coffee machine and till with very little guidance from support staff. He is also self-assured in the kitchen and completes all his duties – sometimes he even asks for more challenges. Joe has set himself high standards and has a real willingness to support his peers. 

Joe has made steady and impressive progress in his role and continues to excel in new tasks as his confidence and abilities increase.

You can find out more on how to access this service or contact us by filling out the form below.

Service Enquiries Form