Professor Brawn Café is a Social Enterprise which provides job and social integration opportunities to people with special needs and the disadvantaged in society.
The founders are parents and friends who want to make a difference to the special needs community and others who need a leg up in society. Their dream is to provide opportunities for jobs, showcase of special talents and to raise awareness and contributions by supporters of the cause. The café’s mission is to provide affordable good food by an inclusive quality workforce comprising people of different abilities, ages and socio-economic background.
Professor Brawn Café started operations on 15 October 2009. For its first 8 years, more than half of its workforce were persons with special needs at both its Novena and Boat Quay outlets.
In mid-2018, in a long term strategic move, the owners decided to donate the Professor Brawn brand and know-how to the charity Autism Resource Centre (Singapore) or ARC(S). The new social enterprise under ARC(S) will have the exciting mandate to more aggressively increase its presence, create more jobs and inclusion opportunities with like-minded community partners across Singapore.
Professor Brawn Café re-opened on 2 July 2018 at Raffles Institution (RI) by ARC(S). The new Professor Brawn Café at RI will serve as a test bed for a scalable model, tapping on ARC(S)'s job coaching expertise and network, to train and place many more adults with special needs. The RI outlet will have a mix of differently-abled staff, a refreshed menu and dining experience.
On 28 July 2019, Professor Brawn Café opened its public outlet at Pathlight Campus 1. More than a café, the worksite is a realisation of the vision for an inclusive worksite and employment model. It provides Pathlight students with opportunities to build their work readiness skills and have authentic training opportunities. This outlet also includes The Art Faculty products which showcases the works of Pathlight School's Artist Development Programme artists.
Professor Brawn Bistro, our second public outlet, opened on 21 October 2019. More than half of our staff are with special needs, providing our inclusive team with even more training opportunity.
Prof Brawn Ltd
Autism Resource Centre (Singapore)
5 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10
Professor Brawn Outlets
NEW PUBLIC OUTLET AT Enabling Village
20, Lengkok Bahru,
PUBLIC OUTLET AT PATHLIGHT SCHOOL CAMPUS 1
5 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
Raffles Institution (Open to students, staff and affiliates only)
10 Bishan Street 21