Giving Tuesday 

 This Tuesday 27th November, as part of Giving Tuesday, Outside the Box are looking to get new volunteers signed up to support the charity. If you would be interested in volunteering at Outside the Box, either in their cafe, their choices programme or Employment Initiative then pop into the cafe tomorrow afternoon to meet with Jenna, the manager between 2-4pm for a chance to have a chat about what opportunities are available, and sign up to be an OTB volunteer! #GivingTuesday


Join our Board 

 Ilkley Community Enterprise, the charity that runs Outside the Box and local care provider, Carers and Companions, is looking for new Trustees to join our Board. We are a small but dynamic charity with ambitious growth plans. If you have relevant skills and experience (e.g. in learning disability, HR, law or finance and/or you have been part of growing a small business/social enterprise or charity) we would love to hear from you. 

Contact Louise Hale, ICE Ltd CEO on 07866 727862 for more details or send a copy of your CV with covering letter to


Latest OTB Newsletter now available.

Click here to take a look at all the amazing things our OTB members have been up to over the Summer! Paper copies also available in the cafe.  


Room Hire available  

The cafe space is available to hire on an evening!

Very good rates available. Get in touch if you would like to find out more. Call 01943 431173 or email 


GDPR update.  

Please click here to find our updated privacy policy.  


Guardian Piece on OTB Works!


Click on the link to see a fantastic write up about our OTB Works project in The Guardian. 

We are holding two fantastic FREE taster sessions at Outside the Box Arthouse.

A Dance session taking place on Tuesday 20th February (Next week) 1.30-3.30 and
A Mobile making workshop on Tuesday 27th February 9.30-12.30.
It is open to any adult aged 17 and above with a learning disability.
If you would like to attend please can you get in touch to let us know on 01943 431173 and ask for Jenna or alternatively you can email


Christmas at OTB Cafe!

Pop into the cafe this festive period for some great offers. 

We have some fantastic specials including our Christmas Santa's sandwich and Festive salad which we have on the specials board on the run up to Christmas. 

We also have a great offer, get a Gingerbread latte and a mince pie for only £3.00



 Arthouse Shop

The next exciting chapter in the Outside the Box story is the development of The Arthouse Shop which opened November 2017. The Arthouse Shop is based at 10 Church Street, Ilkley, just around the corner from the café. It provides Outside the Box with a new and exciting outlet to showcase the diverse talents and abilities of our members, adults with a learning disability. It provides a unique range of arts-based gifts made and inspired by our members.  A range of cards, prints and small gifts will be on offer, alongside a selection of our Greenhut jams and chutneys.  There will be lots of new and exciting product lines moving forward all developed with our members.  All profits from the shop will go directly to the charity and be used to support our members. In addition to the shop, Outside the Box use the premises to deliver a programme of creative workshops including arts, crafts and photography, for adults and young people with a learning disability.

Shop opening hours: Thursday-Saturday 11-4pm
We will be open until 23rd December then reopen on 11th January 2018
You can also contact us on 01943 602004


 OTB Digital Taster Session

We will be holding a taster session for any member, adults with a learning disability to come and try out or new session . It will be a chance to come along and get a taste of some of the things that will be part of the OTB Digital course next year. As part of the taster session, you will be taking some photos and learning some basic skills on the computer to make a xmas card! 

The session will be running on Friday 15th 9.30-12.30pm.  Please get in touch with Jenna on or 01943 431173 if you would be interested in attending.  


Summer Newsletter 2017

Take a look at our latest newsletter, see attached here! There has been lots going on at Outside the Box this summer. Paper copies are also available in the cafe.  



New Independent Living Programme starts in September!


Our 12 week programme will run every Friday 9.30-12.30pm. It is open to adults with a learning disabilities who wold like an introduction to the skills required to live  a more independent life.  

The programme will introduce members to the different areas involved in living more independently, giving them a chance to learn lots of new personal and practical skills including: housekeeping, cooking, healthy eating, budgeting, personal care, shopping and travelling in your local area.


If you would like more information or would like to join the course, then please contact Jenna on or 01943 431173.  


Our Sister company Carers and Companions are recruiting. 


enthusiastic Support Workers for c. 16 hours per week (mornings, evenings & weekends) independent living support for two young women with a learning disability. Our clients’ will be living in their own home for the first time: both have a bubbly character, similar support needs & lead active lives locally.
Excellent package: £8.10 p/hour, enhanced weekends/bank holiday rate, paid training, Perkz discount scheme.
Closing date Wednesday 30th August

Call us for details on 01943 609484 or apply online at or email Mickala Baker on for more information. 


 Schools Out at the cafe!

 This summer holidays pop along to the cafe for some fantastic offers and deals. 

Children's activity lunch boxes available for only £4.00 to eat in or take away!

Or get any marshmallow lolly and Juice cup for only £1.50  


Outside the Box Annual Report 2016/17

Our latest annual report is now available. A copy can be found here. Alternatively paper copies are available at the cafe. 


New Summer menu at the cafe

Take a look at our great new menu here. We now have some great Summer Salads for you to try and a fantastic new Summer Breakfast.   


Spring OTB Newsletter

Have a look at our latest OTB newsletter. Click here to see a copy.  


Winter OTB Newsletter 

Take a look at Outside the Box 2017 latest newsletter. Click here to see a copy.  


The Green Hut  

Ilkley Community Enterprise Ltd have recently taken over the The Green Hut Company,  a local producer of Jams and Chutneys. We are really excited to have taken over this fantastic project where our members at Outside the Box Cafe can help to prepare and produce the jams and chutneys , help package and be involved in the monthly Ilkley Real Food Market, which takes place on the 1st Sunday of every month. We will soon be selling these great chutneys and Jams within the cafe so keep an eye out in the new year!



 Our members at Arthouse continue to create fabulous art and crafts. Some of their wonderful work will be on sale at our Christmas Fair on Thursday 8th December (5-7pm at the cafe) and is also on sale at the Ilkley Arts “12 days of Christmas” pop-up shop until 6th December (Unit 3 Back Nelson Road, Ilkley)...hurry though as these unique pieces are selling fast!

Cafe Menu

We have been busy creating a new menu that will be  launched soon...we are sure you will like it! Meantime keep checking in for our special offers and festive promotions ....including waffles, hot chocolate and gingerbread latte.


OTB Works

This new project aims to help our members to progress into paid work with local employers. We already have lots of interest from organisations who are offering part-time jobs, work experience placements and job taster opportunities but are keen to get more employers involved. If you are interested in ‘signing up’ or finding out please contact Jane Sanderson (Employment Support Worker) on 01943 431173 or


New Carers and Companions Service

Our care company, Carers and Companions, have launched a new service to for adults with a learning disability. The service offers care and support to adults with a learning disability helping them to live independently in their homes and to lead active and fulfilled lives out in the community. Delivered by specialist care staff, the service provides flexible and personalised support. For more information please contact Mickala Baker or David Edwards on 01943 609484.


Our festive opening hours

 We hope you can pop and see us over the festive period. Here is a list of opening hours: 


We will be closed on Christmas eve, Christmas day and Boxing Day

Open bank holiday Tuesday 27th 10.30-2.30pm

Usual opening 9-4pm 28th - 30th Dec

New Year's Eve we will be open 10.30-2.30pm

Closed New Years Day

Open bank holiday Monday 2nd 10.30-2.30pm

Ilkley Business Awards 2016
Winner of Hospitality Business of the year!



On Friday 12th February, Outside the Box won the Hospitality Business of the Year Award 2016 at the Ilkley Business Awards. This is a fantastic recognition of all the work and contributions of our staff, volunteers, members, customers and other supporters. I, together with my colleague Trustees of the charity, would like to express our congratulations and thanks to you for helping us to secure such a great public recognition of the cafe. The fact that we are not yet 3 years old and given the level of hospitality sector competition here in Ilkley make this an especially impressive achievement. Well done and thank you to all!

Graham Smith

Chair, Trustee