Our values

We are committed to supporting people to make a deep connection with themselves and their community. We do this by treating all members of our community with equal compassion and respect and accepting them as they are. As much as we completely accept people as they are, we refuse to accept any limitation on what they might achieve. We believe in the restorative benefits of education, work and social justice to support people’s innate resilience to achieve growth and their potential as human beings.

Our aims are

  • feed young people with skills and self esteem
  • feed the workforce with skilled and trained people
  • feed the most vulnerable members of the community

How We will do this

  • We will always support people disadvantaged in the labour market (back) in to work by breaking down barriers and allowing individuals to develop their self-worth and personal determination to succeed
  • We will help to reduce social costs by our determination and unflinching commitment to support at risk individuals to reengage
  • We will assist employers in our community to find cost effective ways to recruit the right workers
  • We will help to feed those in need in our community
  • We will reduce the amount of food being wasted

Our Theory of Change

The problem

  • There are many young people who reach the end of their compulsory education without the attitudes, behaviours and skills to progress successfully and it is difficult for them to access the support they need.
  • There are many disadvantaged people in our communities in food poverty, needing support.
  • There is a great deal of food waste.

What we do

Our vision and mission, through our  food rescue operation, is to provide surplus food (from supermarkets, their distribution centres and suppliers) to vulnerable people and to cut waste.

Working closely with communities, local government and food charities we offer this nutritious food to organizations working with at risk people who are unable to or cannot afford to feed themselves or others within their family.

We use our food rescue warehouse to provide training and education for those disadvantaged in the labour market, mostly aged between 16 and 24. The practical training includes generic employability skills such as self management, teamwork and communication and sector specific skills such as forklift truck driving and stock management for those who wish.

The academic education includes a focus on numeracy and literacy skills and qualifications in personal development, employability, IT, Arts Award, warehousing and logistics

At the core of these programmes our highly skilled team also implements a sophisticated behavioural change programme, which encourages Trainees to explore their own behaviours and to make the changes they think are necessary.

The combination of hand/ heart/ head brings about significant and lasting benefits not just in job outcomes but in broader attitudes and mindsets.

See SOFEA Trustee’s Annual Report (2017).