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Published: March 23, 2022 | Updated: March 24, 2022

“Be extremely proud” staff & trainees are told at disability training charity’s annual awards

Matthew Booth, Trainee of the Year, receives his certificate from Professor Peter A. Jones MBE, Chair of The CRUMBS Project.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Staff and trainees should be extremely proud of their achievements.

Professor Peter A. Jones MBE, Chair of The CRUMBS Project, was speaking at the annual awards lunch of the Bournemouth-based disability training charity.

The first held since the pandemic, it was staged at Urban Reef, Boscombe, to recognise the achievements of disadvantaged adults.

The CRUMBS Project works with people from Bournemouth and the surrounding area who have learning disabilities, mental health issues, stabilised addictions or acquired brain injuries.

It helps to overcome these obstacles and improve their employment prospects, personal confidence and independence.

The event, hosted with support from hospitality business Urban Guild, welcomed current and former trainees, staff team members, Trustees from the charity and guests from Rick Stein restaurants.

Awards were given to people who have taken up the challenge to learn and have succeeded, despite numerous disadvantages.

They included nine CRUMBS trainees who received Institute of Hospitality endorsed Foundation Certificates.

Trainee Nicole Rixon was presented with an award for Most Improved Trainee 2021/22 and Gareth Howells-Walker was nominated for an award for Independent Living Skills.

Dennis Frigot receives his certificate from Ramon Boo Barreiro and Georgina Rhodes of Rick Stein restaurants.

In addition to awards for completing CRUMBS’ training units, trainees Luke Fry, William Bales and Dennis Frigot all received recognition for representing CRUMBS in completing work experience at Rick Stein restaurants.

Guests from Rick Stein Restaurants attending the lunch included Ramon Boo Barreiro and Georgina Rhodes.

Ramon, Restaurant Manager of Rick Stein Sandbanks, spoke about the impact of hosting CRUMBS trainees for work experience placements.

He said: “We believe everyone deserves a chance.

“It has been a pleasure to have CRUMBS trainees working with us.

“We noticed they changed the dynamics of the restaurant, for the better.”

In recognition of his hard work and accomplishments in completing his training and development programme with CRUMBS, including work experience at Poole café Sonny’s Kitchen, and gaining employment with The Parks Foundation, Matthew Booth was awarded Trainee of the Year 2022.

Professor Jones said: “These awards recognise the challenges many mixed ability adults face in undertaking vocational training and working in a professional environment.

“I am always impressed by their continued innovation and resilience.

“I have also been very impressed by the praise that trainees have heaped on their CRUMBS trainers.

“All trainees and staff members should be extremely proud of their achievements.”

To learn more about the training and development opportunities provided by The CRUMBS Project please visit


Professor Jones presents a certificate to Jake Perkin.

Alexander Barrett receives his certficate from Mark Cribb of Urban Guild.

William Biles with Ramon Boo Barreiro and Georgina Rhodes from Rick Stein restaurants.