A popular Carlisle venue has joined forces with a charity to help people with learning difficulties gain essential workplace training.

The Halston is working with People First Independent Advocacy to offer its learners a programme of immersive work experience.

Halston co-owner and director Dominique Harrison suggested that pairing learners with Halston staff members would be the most beneficial way of providing a meaningful and bespoke experience.

Over five weeks, People First’s learners spent five days working with teams across the hotel, the Penny Blue Restaurant and Bar, and Barton’s Yard Cafe.

Dominique said: "At The Halston we believe in creating a culture of constant learning for all our employees and we have seen the value of extending this through short term work placements with People First."

David Blacklock, People First chief executive, said: "As an organisation that believes strongly in the power of collaboration, we are proud to announce that People First and The Halston have become business partners.

"With their heritage, reputation and commitment to championing Cumbria, we could not think of a better organisation to have as our first partner.

"I would like to thank The Halston for their generosity, warmth and enthusiasm. We’re looking

forward to a mutually beneficial relationship that will provide remarkable and empowering

experiences for many people."

The Halston also provided equipment for People First's hospitality academy at the organisation's conference centre.

A People First spokesman added: "Through this link, the organisations will be able to more effectively

share resources to maximise the positive impact on People First’s young people, The Halston staff and the wider community."