Peter was announced as the winner at a prestigious event hosted on Thursday 7 March at the University of East Anglia’s Enterprise Centre. The event was organised by Apprenticeships Norfolk, an initiative from Norfolk County Council, to mark National Apprenticeships Week and celebrated the amazing opportunities apprenticeships have provided people of all ages.

Peter, who is employed through TrAC Apprenticeships Norfolk, works as a Business Administration Apprentice at our KindaKafe in Norwich. No doubt if you’ve phoned the cafe or popped in for an event or to enquire about our popular Hidden History Tours, it’s likely that you’ve been greeted by Peter’s friendly welcome and experienced his helpful and polite manner.

Peter was one of the youngest of eight finalists, who were all worthy winners, and we’re very proud that Peter’s achievements have been recognised and celebrated!

Peter said that ‘Becoming an apprentice has benefited me greatly. My apprenticeship programme, so far, has presented me with many opportunities. Almost on a daily basis, new opportunities, challenges and situations arise - broadening my skill-set, building my confidence and shaping the person I am.

My mental health, in particular, has improved since joining the programme. Having a regular daily schedule around work, having work to get on with, meeting new people, dealing with different tasks - it keeps my mind occupied. Since becoming an apprentice, my anxiety and general mental health has dramatically improved and I really have my apprenticeship to thank for that.’

Tom Gaskin, Social Enterprise Development Manager, said ‘Peter thoroughly deserves this award. He has helped us to continue to innovate and deliver the best possible experience for our customers, beneficiaries and supporters. Peter has taken responsibility for overseeing and updating our various social media channels, which has resulted in a substantial increase in engagement and following. This has helped to raise more funds for our charity through ticket sales for events and tours and also increased awareness of our charitable work.’

KindaKafe is a buzzing community cafe and events venue based on Castle Meadow, Norwich. During the day it serves delicious vegetarian food cooked daily, homemade cakes and freshly ground coffee with plenty of gluten-free and vegan options. It hosts a range of community groups and events and runs guided tours of the historic undercroft and basement hidden beneath the cafe.

KindaKafe exists to build communities and reduce loneliness and social isolation. It operates in line with the mission and values of the Missing Kind (registered charity number 1156133) which supports dedicated individuals, empowering them to make a difference to the world and to inspire kindness without boundary.