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The Millers Tea Room - Mill Green Museum

Ten young people took part in the project the team consisted of three young people working in the kitchen, one young person returning as a supervisor from last year's project and the other six young people waiting on tables. The Tea Rooms were open from 10 July until 29 August on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Visitors to the museum enjoyed high teas, cream teas, locally baked cakes and a selection of home made sandwiches and quiches.

Throughout the eight weeks the young people worked together as a team to serve more than 800 visitors to the museum. There were busier days and quieter days, rainy days and dry days, but they all dealt with the varying situations with maturity and enthusiasm. This project has helped these young people gain valuable skills and knowledge of what it would be like to work, how to deal with customers, how to work as a team along with the opportunity to meet other young care leavers. The young people all made their way to the project via public transport and their fares were re-imbursed. This taught them valuable independence skills.

All of the young people who worked on the project are now either in education, training or employment.

This project is run in partnership with Welwyn and Hatfield Council to provide young people in care and care leavers with a real opportunity to experience the working environment of catering and service industries gaining valuable skills for the future.

Mill Green Museum is a fully restored working mill dating back to the sixteenth century. It is situated in the hamlet of Mill Green between Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield on the River Lea.

The Tea Rooms will be running again in 2014 and we hope it will be even more of a success than it was in 2013.