Not letting autism hold him back, lemon meringues and coconut tarts are the first step for Mark Cullis as he embarks on securing a qualification in catering and hospitality at Goole Waterways Museum.
Mark will attend the NVQ course for a year where not only will he learn about the principles of cooking but he will also learn about how important attendance, personal presentation, and time keeping is.
Ralph Parish, Manager at Goldcrest House says: “We encourage all forms of learning here at Goldcrest House and Mark has a natural talent for catering. This course suits him down to the ground and allows him to do something he enjoys. We’re very much looking forward to sampling his practical work!”
The course is part of a learning initiative that aims to assist adults with learning difficulties and mental health issues towards employability. Many of the participants gain self-esteem, confidence and social skills and move onto a volunteering programme.
Based on Boothferry Road Goldcrest House is a centre of excellence dedicated to addressing the individual needs of adults over 18 who are on the Autistic Spectrum, or have a learning disability. Open 52 weeks a year; its aim is to be the UK’s quality service of choice.