One Eighty hosts top level talks

Jonathan Buckley, Upper Bann MLA; Marc Clydesdale, One Eighty trainee; Brian Doran, Chief Executive, Southern Regional College; William Irwin, Newry & Armagh MLA; Derek Brown, One Eighty, Board Member; Noel Lavery, Department for Economy, Permanent Secretary; Nigel Hampton, One Eighty / incredABLE, Director; Carla Lockhart, Upper Bann MLA; Beverley Harrison, Department for Economy; Julie-Anne Stevenson, Southern Regional College; Joanne Adamus, One Eighty, trainee; Fiona Rowan, One Eighty, Chairperson
Jonathan Buckley, Upper Bann MLA; Marc Clydesdale, One Eighty trainee; Brian Doran, Chief Executive, Southern Regional College; William Irwin, Newry & Armagh MLA; Derek Brown, One Eighty, Board Member; Noel Lavery, Department for Economy, Permanent Secretary; Nigel Hampton, One Eighty / incredABLE, Director; Carla Lockhart, Upper Bann MLA; Beverley Harrison, Department for Economy; Julie-Anne Stevenson, Southern Regional College; Joanne Adamus, One Eighty, trainee; Fiona Rowan, One Eighty, Chairperson

Award-winning social enterprise restaurant One Eighty played host to the Department of Economy permanent secretary Noel Lavery.

During the visit Mr Lavery met with trainees, board members and staff to discuss the training provision delivered in One Eighty premises in Portadown in partnership with Southern Regional College for young people with a disability and/or autism.

One Eighty Chairperson, Fiona Rowan said: “We are delighted to have the Permanent Secretary visit so that he can witness firsthand the unique real work environment in which our young people are trained and the impact we are making to the lives of young people locally through our successful partnership with Southern Regional College”.

Accompanying Mr Lavery where local political representatives Carla Lockhart, Jonathan Buckley and William Irwin along with Southern Regional College Chief Executive, Brian Doran.

Based in Mandeville Street, Portadown, One Eighty trains young people with a learning disability and/or autism in cooking, preparing food, customer service, making coffee and other aspects of running a restaurant with the goal of earning a Level 1 certificate in hospitality.

Applications are now being accepted for the courses commencing in September 2018.

For further information contact One Eighty on 028 38399663 or info@oneeightyrestaurant.co.uk or Facebook.com/weareincredABLE Twitter.com/weareincredABLE or www.incredABLE.org.uk