Irwin Mitchell Supports Lancasterian School’s Pop-Up Cafe

Manchester Law Firm Serves Up Tea And Cakes


A Manchester law firm recently supported an enterprising group of young individuals from a specialist school in Didsbury by hosting a pop-up café run by the pupils at the Irwin Mitchell offices.

Lancasterian School is a specialist school for communication and interaction which provides education for pupils with physical difficulties, severe medical conditions and communication needs.

The pupils run the café every Friday from the school and serve a delicious array of cakes and drinks for members of the public and local businesses in Didsbury. The cafe is a self-supported business operated by the pupils who are responsible for creating the menus, purchasing ingredients, baking cakes and serving customers.  

The venture is supported by local residents and businesses and at the end of their academic year the students will use their profits to make improvements and buy new equipment for the café.

Tessa Hodson, a medical law expert at Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office, said: “It was a fantastic experience for the pupils to come along to the Irwin Mitchell office and run their coffee shop in a completely different environment. 

“The initiative provides the pupils with invaluable life skills. They were an absolute pleasure to work with and our staff certainly seemed to enjoy partaking in the experience, which we hope to repeat in the near future due to its success.

“Through our work we see the importance of ensuring that individuals with disabilities and learning difficulties are supported and helped to integrate with their local community and the pop-up café is a fantastic platform to help them do this.

“We are looking forward to continuing to work and support the Lancasterian School on future projects.”

Dave Calvert, Executive Head and Julie Chester, Lead Teacher from Lancasterian School, said: “We were delighted to have the help and support of the staff at Irwin Mitchell with our pop-up café last week.

“Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed their day at the offices and it was great for them to experience a new atmosphere and interact with new people and local businesses.”