Between 2016 and 2020 we aim to ensure that we have the infrastructure, resources and expertise in place to bring our Didcot operation to its full potential. Beyond that we aim to use the expertise we have to include new contexts and new partners in this journey.

Objective 1: To transform the lives of more people from our Didcot site


  • 150 people engaged in training between Sept ’16 and Sept ‘17
  • We will expand our scope to include special schools; adults with disabilities and disability groups.
  • We will develop our engagement with other agencies working with young people to ensure that the benefits of programmes at SOFEA are clear and we are regarded as a “go to partner”
  • We will introduce new courses at higher academic levels, and will develop a leadership programme for young people to equip them to supervise and manage our operation, with a view to employing them as apprentices.
  • We will encourage more adults marginalized from the labour market to volunteer with us

Objective 2: To provide more high value, nutritious food to more vulnerable people


  • Double the capacity of the Didcot site in 2016 – 2017 to over 500 tonnes
  • Increase the number of active Community Food Members by a further 50 by Spring 2017, focusing on South Oxfordshire
  • We will do this by fully developing the potential to supply food to charities in the towns we already have a presence in, by Spring 2017, and ensure resources are in place to manage increased activity from Didcot.
  • We will use our own Leadership programme for young people to grow our own talent and provide the workforce required.
  • We will work with existing CFMs to identify premises available for collection centres and the resources needed for this.

Objective 3: Develop the training model by Spring 2018


  • To open three new training opportunities in order to broaden our reach by the end of 2017
  • We will do this by developing opportunities to add additional training contexts to our existing offer, in IT, customer service, sport and the arts.
  • We will work with a range of partners to develop models that enable us to support more people.

Long Term Objectives

Objective 4: Exploring ownership models to strengthen the position of SOFEA as a community enterprise, including exploring the possibilities of community ownership with our local stakeholders

Objective 5: Adding more contexts for developing the education and training model by exploring options such as working with partners

Objective 6: Scaling the combined food and training model to more sites



2016 2017 2018 2019
Trainees / Volunteers 120 150 200 250
Completions 90% 90% 90% 90%
Progressions 85% 85% 88% 90%
Food tonnes rescued 300 500 700 800
CFMs 100 150 220 250
Surplus £15000 £25000 £50000 £50000
Staff/ of whom apprentices 10 12/4 12/8 14/10


Headline Finances

In the year to June 30th 2016 SOFEA performed as follows:

Income £308,000

Made up of

Donations £ 51,000

Grants £65,000

Sales £84,000

Training £108,000


Expenditure £290,000

Made up of

Staff £165,000

Expenses £125,000

The projections in the year to June 30th 2017 are as follows:


Income £500,000

Made up of

Donations £  80,000

Grants £130,000

Sales £120,000

Training £170,000


Expenditure £475,000

Made up of

Staff £270,000

Expenses £205,000