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Posted 01:11PM on Wednesday 18 August 2021

Positive Futures, which supports people with a learning disability, acquired brain injury or autistic spectrum condition, presented its Welcome Award to the café’s owner, Dominik Sobola.

The award is designed to recognise excellence in treating people equally. A window sticker assures people with a learning disability that they will receive a warm welcome. Previous recipients include BBC Northern Ireland and Belfast International Airport.

19 Coffee House was nominated by Bobby Ellison, who works with Positive Futures. Norman, one of the people he supports, visits the driving range at Blackwood most Thursdays and then has a coffee. Bobby said: “The staff are always welcoming and sensitive to Norman’s needs. They’ll even ask other customers if they would mind moving to another table if they’re sitting in Norman’s favourite spot.”

Dominik Sobola said: “We’re delighted to receive the Welcome Award and we’re always pleased to see Norman. We also have a member of kitchen staff with a learning disability.”

Agnes Lunny, Chief Executive of Positive Futures, said: “It’s always heartwarming when businesses and organisations go the extra mile to be inclusive, and we like to recognise it when we hear about it.”

To find out more about the award, take a look here.