Fusion café is a social enterprise by Freeman College, which is part of Ruskin Mill Trust - the UK wide charity specialising in educational and residential provision for young people with learning disabilities and difficulties.
Our unique, innovative and experiential curriculum combines practical skills with therapeutic education, tailored to the individual student - such as practical work on the land and in our workshops, as well as our own bakery and here in Fusion café.
An important part of our work is valuing nutrition in its widest sense, to promote the well-being of the young people we work with and, in turn, for them to pass on their learning to you by preparing and serving the food.
Fusion café is fully integrated into Freeman College's education programme, providing a framework for learning, growth and development and successfully combines a deep commitment to biodynamic, organic and sustainable food with a practical therapeutic education for students with complex learning and behavioural problems. Fusion is an integral element in the curriculum and students have a hands-on experience of the whole cycle of food production and service - from seed to table.
Wherever possible, we use locally sourced ingredients, much of which students grow on our own horticultural sites and farms. You may even find our salad bags or vegetables and fruit for sale today in the café which our Biodynamic Land Manger, Pieter, has delivered.
The café links our commercial activities in the heritage sites of Butcher Works and Sterling Works to the craft curriculum, reflecting the cultural integration of this innovative educational programme and social enterprise.
So, when you are enjoying the high quality food at Fusion café, you are also supporting our vital work with young people - and we all appreciate it!