Work-experience students from Stepping Stones School in Hindhead have always been an integral part of the team at The Cookie Bar. Students work in the kitchen baking our delicious cookies and cakes and help out by serving our customers in the cafe and sometimes on the Cookie Bar Bus.
The Cookie Bar provides a great opportunity for our students to have their first glimpse of the world of work within a fun and familiar environment. They enjoy the experience of working as part of a team, learning new skills and interacting with our customers.
Our students gain valuable insight into the key activities of running a business, which we hope supports them in their journey to become self-confident, independent learners for life.
Below are some thoughts from our students about their experience working at The Cookie Bar.
Henry (14) “It's Brilliant working at the Cookie Bar! I like making cookies and that people enjoy eating them.”
Alex (14) “The cookie bar has helped me get over my fears of meeting other people.”
Emily (16) “I like working on the till because I like meeting people and talking with them. I feel more independent when I am at the Cookie Bar.”
Harry (17) “I taught a new volunteer, Mary, how to make cookie dough this morning.”
Georgia (17) “I have gained independence and confidence – talking to customers especially those I don’t know. I now have a Saturday job with the Cookie Bar which gets me out the house and earns me some money whilst gaining experience. So I feel in control of my life. It is good practice for the future when I move out to my own flat.”
Daisy (22) “Working here helps boost your confidence whilst working with a great team. I looked at a career in catering after my experience at the cookie bar and I now teach cookery to learning disabled adults – passing on my skills to others.”