A Cornwall resident with learning difficulties has successfully completed a volunteering effort at a cafe in Truro, as part of a pioneering project.

Louise Kupinski, 41, who lives at The Mowhay, an assisted living home in Coosebean, carried out a six-week internship at the County Hall Cafe as a part of the Proper Job project. This is designed to help people with learning difficulties secure workplace experience.

Louise carried out a range of tasks from customer service to till operation, cooking, stock taking, and handling finances.

The list extended to honing her skills of tea and coffee making and also included food preparation, daily menu planning, and maintaining cleanliness by washing dishes.

When asked about her most enjoyable part of volunteering, she said: "Serving the customers because they say thank you at the end."

Summer Hope, deputy manager at The Mowhay said Louise's journey at the County Hall Cafe is an example of what individuals can achieve with the right support and opportunities.

She said: "Her dedication and progress have been remarkable, demonstrating that with encouragement and the right environment, everyone has the potential to excel and contribute meaningfully to their community.

"Louise’s story is not just her success, but a success for all of us at The Mowhay."

Chloe Stead, senior support worker at The Mowhay said: "It was a pleasure to watch Louise learn how to complete tasks with support from the café staff and her own self-determination each week.

"With a bit of encouragement and reassurance, Louise’s confidence grew, and she was able to complete tasks independently.

"A great success for Louise."

The Mowhay is an assisted living complex specialising learning disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory needs at Coosebean, Kenwyn in Truro. 

It includes an apple orchard, a stone circle, decorative fountain, and is home to three beloved pet goats.