Using our food redistribution warehouse to train young people means that they are in a real work environment with a real social impact.

The work is real, not simulated, and needs to be done to a high standard so that SOFEA is compliant with the law and provides food for those in need.

The need to work in a team, communicate and self manage are evident and this provides the context in which we can address profound behavioural change.

Often we work with young people who have serious barriers to their progression and the behavioural work gives them a chance to overcome those barriers, in a flexible and non time limited way.

The accredited qualifications they gain from the academic work , then act as currency to future employers.

Through our own recruitment service “FuturesPlaced” we seek to work with local employers to place people in the most appropriate positions.

The diagram below shows the three interconnecting social aims of the organisation. It demonstrates the value chains within the ecosystem that we have created by working with partners.

Partners working with young people are able to refer young people for education and training and the value is created as they progress successfully

The food industry partners provide surplus food, which enables us to help our charity partners to reduce their food spend and use the saving to enhance their services. The surplus is prevented from going to waste and therefore has an environmental benefit.