Our Team

Staff

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CEO

Following a diverse and rewarding career in teaching, I founded SOFEA in order to give vulnerable youngsters educational and occupational opportunities they may not have been afforded otherwise. Our unique approach gives our young people a sense of purpose and meaning, allowing them to flourish both academically and professionally.

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Director of People and Culture

People and Culture Directorate

Dual

I founded SOFEA with Richard [Kennell, CEO] because we wanted to show that we could help people to transform their lives. I firmly believe in the power of consistent nurture and approach to enable people to move forward and to open themselves up to growth.

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Deputy Site Director/Head of Employability

Employability

Milton Keynes

Sofea makes me think of the quote ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’, everyone here is so committed to this, it’s makes me proud to be part of such a positive team.

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Education Mentor

Education

Didcot

To put it bluntly, working here has saved my life. If I wasn't here I would be at home sat in my room doing nothing.

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Community Larder Assistant, G.O.O Assistant

Community Larder/Getting Oxfordshire Online

Didcot

It's not just a job at SOFEA, It's like a second family.

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Warehouse Assistant

FareShare

Didcot

Providing meaningful change in people's lives through food is one of the most self-fulfilling things I've done.

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Area Manager

Community Larder

Milton Keynes

"Together we can make a difference"

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Deputy CEO/Director of Business Innovation

Business Innovation Directorate

I have learnt to unlearn! At SOFEA we have people from diverse professional backgrounds.

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Director of Operations

Operations Directorate

Dual

What is the best thing about your job? Watching the transformation of young people from scared, troubled and difficult individuals to mature, flourishing and wonderful adults.

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Warehouse Office Manager

FareShare

Didcot

Being part of SOFEA will change you for the better in all aspects of your life.

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Teacher

Education

Milton Keynes

We work with our learners as individuals and adapt the learning to them.

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Therapeutic Team Lead

Wellbeing

Didcot

A lot of the young people we work with have come from complex backgrounds so seeing them make positive change in their lives is really rewarding.

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Kitchen Magician

Nourish and Flourish

Didcot

SOFEA is the perfect circle of love.

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Student Administration Service Manager

Education

Didcot

What is the best thing about your job? Seeing the young people grow in confidence and gain faith in themselves.

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Marketing Assistant and Researcher

Business Innovation Directorate

Didcot

I had previously struggled to find meaningful employment, but at SOFEA, I've found a setting where I can observe my efforts making tangible differences.

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Goods Out Supervisor

FareShare

Didcot

I was sat at home for quite a few months doing nothing because no one would take me on. Then someone suggested SOFEA.

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HR Apprentice

HR

Dual

I went to college for a year. I didn’t know what I wanted to do afterwards. Someone suggested here - and I really like it.

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Therapeutic Team Lead

Wellbeing

Milton Keynes

The young people and the team! We can make a real difference in young people's lives and take them on exciting well-being trips, showing them a world beyond Milton Keynes.

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Life Coach Mentor

Wellbeing

Didcot

I wanted to make a positive change in the lives of young people who needed the extra helping hand to unlock their potential.

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No Limits Programme Manager

Employability

Didcot

I was drawn to SOFEA's passion for supporting youth and their values closely align with mine.

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Getting Oxfordshire Online Project Manager

Getting Oxfordshire Online

Didcot

In the pandemic, I started refurbishing laptops to distribute to people who weren’t online. I helped Asylum Welcome set up their laptop refurbishment scheme for Refugees and was introduced by them to SOFEA.

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1:1 Support

Wellbeing

Didcot

Everyone has had the chance to train and hone their skills. It sparks conversation from the learners about nutrition and how to eat better to get fitter. It also helps the learners improve their mental health and some find a talent for martial arts they never knew they had.

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Coach/Mentor

Wellbeing

Milton Keynes

Working in SOFEA feels like we are making a difference in face of challenging times.