Why not enjoy a stress-free brunch in our Sensory Cafe?

Everyone has minor concerns when going out to eat; ‘should I have called ahead and booked a table?’ ‘Will I like what’s on the menu?’ ‘Might the food be too expensive?’

But when you add to these considerations things like – ‘will there be adequate bathroom and changing facilities?’ ‘Will there be wheelchair access and space to move around?’ or ‘will people stare if she becomes overstimulated and starts to shout?’ – then a clearer picture begins to emerge of the many stresses associated with common high street cafes for those with special needs.

The Solution?

Charter House has the answer: we run a friendly Saturday Morning Cafe where everybody is welcome and nobody will bat an eyelid at any challenging behaviour. (Tantrums over toast? It happens to the best of us!)

We are fully equipped to welcome to our cafe:

  • People with Autism
  • Behavioural issues
  • SpLD
  • Physical disabilities
  • People with dementia / Alzheimers

Our cafe facilities:

  • Wheel chair accessible cafe
  • Accessible w/c and changing with hoist.
  • Sensory room (additional cost)
  • Experienced staff
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We’re open 10am – 2pm every Saturday and there are a host of cakes and brews available, or even a Full English if you fancy something a bit more substantial. Whet your appetite with a look at the menu.

And what’s more? Sensory room sessions are available from only £5 on Saturday mornings.
It’s best to book sensory sessions in advance to avoid disappointment, and you can find out more about our state-of-the-art multi-sensory room here.

Autism in particular can often go hand in hand with eating problems which can be very stressful to deal with, especially when you’re out and about. Whether issues with food are associated with anxiety or with sensory and texture issues, we strive to make your Saturday morning outing as stress free as possible and we’re happy to help however we can and adapt the menu wherever possible.
Read more about eating behaviours and autism here.

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Shirley you can’t get better?!

Our Saturday Cafe is run by Activity Room Manager Shirley Lawton, who puts her heart and soul into everything she does and takes great pride in making sure everyone feels welcome at the cafe.
She is also responsible for whipping up the delicious home-baked treats available each week and it’s not unusual to hear that she’s stayed up past midnight baking buns or perfecting pastries for Saturday’s customers.

Through her career in care, Shirley has been trained in Positive Behaviour Support, Safeguarding, Food Hygiene and First Aid.

Unlike many cafes, you can rest assured that the staff here are well equipped to deal with any situations that might arise. With well over 20 years’ experience working in day care facilities, Shirley has seen it all. You can enjoy a relaxing morning without fear of judgement or stress, however your breakfast partner behaves that day.

Our staff are friendly, food prices are low, bathroom is spacious and facilities are state of the art – what are you waiting for?

See you on Saturday x