A NEW scheme will see people with disabilities and mental health needs trained up to make the perfect cappuccino.

North Yorkshire County Council is providing training in barista skills so people with disabilities can increase their opportunities in the jobs market.

Visitors, staff and people who live nearby County Hall in Northallerton can visit the Coffee Cart which will be in the grounds over the next few months. The cart is there to give people the chance to learn to make a range of fresh coffees and become qualified baristas.

County councillors were the first to sample the Coffee Cart’s refreshment which will be available three days a week during the summer.

“This is a great project which is giving people with disabilities and other needs real skills to boost employment prospects” said councillor Clare Wood, executive member for health and adult services.

“This is an excellent example of the county council working with partners to provide effective support for people who otherwise might have limited opportunities.

"This way people with disabilities and other needs can develop real and marketable skills to lead more independent and fulfilling lives in their communities.”

The Coffee Cart is an initiative by the county council’s supported employment service which helps disabled people or carers into work or training, and helps employers support disabled people in work.