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National Inclusion Week 2019 - Disability Inclusion Spotlight #3 - The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes

Alt text: Disability Inclusion Spotlight #NationalInclusionWeek. Under the title is the How Do I? and National Inclusion Week logo. Pictured to the left is a group shot of all the volunteers and employees at The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes, sitting together at the establishment.

Alt text: Disability Inclusion Spotlight #NationalInclusionWeek. Under the title is the How Do I? and National Inclusion Week logo. Pictured to the left is a group shot of all the volunteers and employees at The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes, sitting together at the establishment.

Summary: National Inclusion Week is an annual opportunity to raise awareness of Inclusion and Diversity in the workplace by Inclusive Employers. This year we want to spotlight businesses that have made accessibility and disability inclusion a priority, which we hope will encourage other organisations to embed inclusion in their policies and strategies because when the workplace is accessible – everyone wins!

Today’s disability inclusion spotlight: The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes.

Today we are celebrating their: Channel 4 series.

Why it’s great: The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes is a ground-breaking series supported by The Alzheimer’s Society, Channel 4 aim to open the eyes of policy makers and employers on a quest to de-stigmatise dementia. 

The documentary follows Michelin starred chef Josh Eggelton's mission to set up the first restaurant to be staffed only by people living with dementia. According to The Alzheimer’s Society, in the UK, there are currently over 40,000 people with dementia under the age of 65, yet only 18 per cent continue to work after their dementia is diagnosed.

Working alongside Josh is Dementia Specialist Dr. Zoe Wryko. “We can’t cure dementia, we know that, but we hope through this experiment were going to give our volunteers back a sense of purpose, enhanced well-being, and hopefully a better understanding for them that the diagnosis of dementia doesn’t mean that you are on the scrap-heap.”

Together they help to train the 14 volunteers, with the aim of the programme clear; To show that people living with dementia can make a valuable contribution to society and more needs to be put in place to support that.

A group shot of all the volunteers and employees at The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes, sitting together at the establishment.

A group shot of all the volunteers and employees at The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes, sitting together at the establishment.

"We need to feel valued." Says Peter, 54, a former timber mill owner (a volunteer). "Because we're not at the end of our lives, there's so much stuff to do."

The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes shows how with the right support, and small adjustments, many people with dementia can stay independent and continue to contribute in the workplace.

You can watch the series on Channel 4 here:

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-restaurant-that-makes-mistakes

You can also follow the restaurant on twitter: https://twitter.com/TRMakesMistakes?s=09

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