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Support Us

Why Support Us

SOFEA is trying to achieve something unique. The provision of innovative and successful education, training and therapeutic approaches for people (especially young people) who face significant barriers preventing them from finding employment and leading fulfilling lives.

We do this through the contexts of live social enterprises, the key one being our commercial standard logistics operation, which rescues surplus food and redistributes it to local charities feeding vulnerable people.

What is the Impact we Have Made

In the last year we have achieved the following:

  • 27 young people completing a level 2 qualification in warehousing and storage
  • 12 young people completing a level 1 qualification in employability
  • 35 young people progressing at least one level in their Maths and/or English
  • 25 young people gaining a forklift licence
  • 120 tonnes of food redistributed
  • 30 charities receiving food
  • 12 local businesses working with our Futures Placed recruitment service
  • 20 people progressing to full time employment
  • 7 progressing to FE or HE
  • 12 new employees at SOFEA, including 1 apprentice and 10 with disabilities
  • Many case studies of young people demonstrating the impact of the programme on them and their families

Our unique proposition is that we combine practical, academic and therapeutic approaches.

  • Our behavioral change program, based on the Cycle of Change model, is critical to our success and is the part of our work that is least well understood and least well funded.
  • This approach means that the people we work with can use the new skills and knowledge they learn with us to thrive.
  • This is done through a work environment providing social benefits to others in terms of the food rescued and redistributed

The Next Steps
At SOFEA we are at a crucial point in our development. We are aboutto celebrate our first anniversary. We have achieved a great deal and we have done it by being innovative, dedicated and risk taking.

We can show that our approach works and with the right investment can grow to directly affect more people’s lives.

We now need your support to move beyond this start up phase, develop and grow to support more people, rescue and redistribute more food.

If you would like to support us, in any way, please do get in touch.   We have a dedicated online giving donation website.


How you can help

By providing a bursary of £2500 you can support an individual young person through their journey with us.
This will provide access to skilled, timely and effective therapeutic support to enable the young person to change their behaviour in profound ways, leading to more fulfilling lives for them and their families.

By providing financial support of up to £10000 you can help us to reach our next milestones.
This will ensure that we can build our capacity to support more people, as we develop our social enterprise to work with more charities, we will create more work and be able to support more people into full time employment. We will need to develop our infrastructure to do that – requiring more chiller capacity, more transport capacity and more efficient warehouse usage.

By working as a key strategic partner with us and providing development capital of over £10000 you can help us create a step change in our innovative model.
This would enable us to develop our model by building our next series of fledgling social enterprises. We have pilot projects based on a local farm, a digital media and radio project, and sports program which will engage more people more widely.

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