Unity Works: coronavirus updates

Information correct as of 24th August 2020

Unity Works Social Enterprises continues to act on the advice from bodies such as Public Health England (PHE), HM Government, the NHS, the Care Quality Commission and the World Health Organisation.

The latest guidance means that Unity Works has made the following decisions:

Mill Lane Garden Centre 

The Centre is open under strict social distancing measures and is open from 10.00am – 3.30pm Monday to Saturday. We are working on a safe return of our trainees.


MailOut is open and busy fulfilling orders for customers in a COVID-19 secure environment. We are working on a safe return of our trainees.

Social Enterprise Cafes 

Jacksons Café is reopening for service on Tuesday 18th August.

We are working on a safe return of our trainees to the café.

Café Victoria is open for Westminster City Council staff working at City Hall.

We will be running socially distanced training sessions every Thursday from 27th August. To discuss this further contact Milly Wheeler at milly.wheeler@unityworks.org.uk

All other social enterprises cafes are closed until further notice. 

Once we are back open for training, trainees will be contacted by the café manager to book in time to complete a risk assessment and prepare a safe return to their training environment.

Unity Works Online

We are continuing to run a comprehensive remote programme of learning to all those training across our social enterprises cafes including allergen awareness training, barista skills, Culinary skills (including cooking classes), Customer Service training, Health & Safety, Warehouse Administration

We have stopped all face to face employment support. Nevertheless, we continue to support people through alternative methods of support including an online programme including Interview prep, CV workshops, Employability workshops, Benefits advice, Meditation and Mental Health workshops, Accessible resources for retaining skills

All employer engagement work is taking place remotely. We are continuing to provide disability awareness training and advice via video conference/over the phone.

We have stopped face to face Adult Community Learning and Health & Wellbeing courses. We have launched an online programme of training including Social Media Safety, Cook Together, Eat Together, Mental Health workshops, music and arts and crafts

More broadly, we are working with people we support who are most vulnerable to access the type of support they require over this difficult period.

If you need more information about these changes, please contact us.

Please visit our information pages to find out about coronavirus (COVID-19).