Denbigh School students in a design competition for MacIntyre’s Shenley Bakery

Over 200 students of Denbigh School in Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes, took part in a joint project with MacIntyre Shenley Bakery which ended in a competition.

The project asked students to design materials to help support people with learning disabilities at a workplace.
Part of their research was to understand the support needs of the people working in a bakery or a coffee shop environment. The students watched videos from the Bakery and also took part in “Q&A” sessions facilitated by David, Pam and Mark who work at the Shenley Bakery.

Julie Archer, Senior Learning Support Worker at the Bakery said: “It was a wonderful opportunity to get involved with the local school. We are extremely proud of David Thorn, Pam MacMillan and Mark Ahrens who worked with the students and helped them understand the challenges that they face in a workplace. It was a breakthrough experience especially for David who is very shy and a year ago he would hardly speak to anyone at the Bakery. Now he’s comfortable with standing in front of a group of people and facilitating a session.”

From all 200 entries 15 designs were chosen by the Bakery as the best. The students visited the bakery on Friday 3 July and were presented with certificates recognising their work.

Well done to everyone taking part in the competition!

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