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The Orchardville Society

The Orchardville Society is a voluntary organisation and registered charity that provides a range of employability and training services to young people and adults with learning Difficulties and/or Autism Spectrum Condition. The organisation was established in 1981 and currently provides services across Northern Ireland to over 300 participants per annum.  Over the last thirty years the Orchardville Society has developed expertise in a number of key areas including: 

• Supported Employment services for people with severe learning disability and/or autism

• Social Enterprises:

Espresso East Cafe

395 – 405 Newtownards Road



The Espresso East Cafe celebrates the culture and food of East Belfast. It is famous for its East Titanic Fry.


The Orchard Cafe

3-5 Malone Road



The Orchard Cafe provides breakfasts, freshly bakes scones and cup cakes, lunches, daily specials and lite bites.


The Orchardville Business Centre

Lagan Village Tower

144-152 Ravenhill Road



The Orchard Business Centre can provide Hand Finishing, Digital printing, Mailings, Personalised Mugs & Money Boxes, T-Shirt and Bag Printing and Internet Fulfilment



• Transitions service for young people aged 14 – 19 preparing to leave education.

• Employability service to young people and adults with an Autism Spectrum Condition

• Extensive work with employers to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities

The organisation has successfully managed a range of large projects including the European Social Fund, Equal, Horizon and Big Lottery Fund with independent evaluations of the projects confirming targets have been met or exceeded. These results have been achieved due to the excellent management and governance arrangements that are in place as well as employing a team of committed and skilled staff that display the values and ethics of the organisation

The organisation has worked in partnership locally and internationally to deliver projects and has extensive links with organisations throughout Europe as a result of the Chief Executive also holding the post of President of the European Union of Supported Employment.  This profile provides an excellent platform to disseminate work which is undertaken at a European level.

The Orchardville Society is a Northern Ireland Quality Award Gold Standard Organisation and has been the recipient of many National Training Awards. We are also an Investors in People accredited organisation.

For further information please contact our Head Office on 02890 732326.


The Orchardville Society
Lagan Village Tower
144-152 Ravenhill Road
Belfast BT6 8ED