The time I have spent volunteering at The Cookie Bar has been such a rewarding experience. The Cookie Bar is committed to overcoming discrimination and increasing the integration of children and young adults with disabilities within society through its fun and unique social enterprise.

It seeks to create opportunities for those who might not be able to find work experience elsewhere, and I have seen first-hand how students from Stepping Stones school have learnt new and practical skills which would be useful in future employment. But it has also been wonderful to see them flourish over time and watch them gain in confidence.

The profits from The Cookie Bar are further invested into other charitable projects via COINS Foundation. So, in a small way, I feel as though any small act – like making a double shot espresso, baking chocolate brownies or serving a customer – is contributing to a much bigger picture, in which we all work collectively to make the world a fairer place.

If you want more information on how to volunteer at the Cookie Bar – please visit our website www.thecookiebar.co.uk or call us on 01428 608 001. We are trying to run the Cookie Bar as a successful social enterprise, giving back to society. One of the best ways of doing this is to staff the cafes with volunteers – bringing down our break-even point, and giving the Cookie Bar the best possible chance of success.

I have seen first-hand how students from Stepping Stones school have learnt new and practical skills which would be useful in future employment

Flor Rico