Tel: 03330 135 438

Mon - Fri: 9:00 - 16:00

Sat - Sun: Closed

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Hello. The ECL Café - Colchester is an inspiring service that gives practical bite-sized training in food preparation.

About us

Based at ECL Colchester Day Centre, ECL cafe is an inspiring service that gives practical bite-sized training in food preparation and hospitality. With hands-on training and advice, our team work alongside trainees to help them gain insight into all aspects of working in hospitality.

Trainees produce cafe style food, hot lunches, light snacks, buffets and sandwiches for local businesses as well as maintaining the high standards of cleanliness and health & safety of the Day Centre.


Prices will depend on the length of your session(s) and the level of support you need. As an example a full day with one of our services would typically start at around £58. Please note that you will be assessed on the levels of support you need.

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Recreation Road
Woodlands Wellbeing Hub


  • Parking
  • WiFi
  • Café
  • Conference room
  • Disabled access
  • Sensory room
  • Garden

Case Studies



Anna O’Connor, 27, started work-experience with Mitie last July and after eight weeks, she was offered an apprenticeship in the post room.

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Since Imogen started work-based training at ECL’s Saffron Walden Wellbeing Hub, her dad Gerard has noticed her confidence has grown, and that she has gained independence in relation to everyday life.

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When ECL customer Kelly Manners, 44, expressed that it was her life-long ambition to work in an office, the team at ECL Highfields offered her a clerical work experience placement.

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