Over the last two years SOFEA has developed many strong and sustainable partnerships, including:

Strategic Partnerships

  • FareShare UK – SOFEA operates FareShare Thames Valley, working with FareShare UK to source food and to maintain food safety standards.
  • Activate Learning – SOFEA subcontracts training funding from Activate, the largest FE provider in Oxfordshire and Berkshire. SOFEA is building a  longer term relationship with Activate.

SOFEA’s Contracts

In order to become sustainable without grant funding in the longer term, SOFEA has developed contracts with the following organizations:

  • Activate Learning
  • Oxlep  
    • Building Better Opportunities – Risk of NEET – led by Activate
    • Building Better Opportunities – Entrenched NEET – led by Aspire
  • CAMHS – part of a consortium bidding for the renewal of the Child and Adult Mental Health Service, led by Response


  • Local schools with whom we partner in providing programmes include St Birinus, King Alfreds, Didcot Girls’, Oxfordshire Virtual School, MacIntyre
  • Local independent schools who provide volunteers and work experience opportunities Cokethorpe, Radley, St Helen’s and St Katherine’s and Shiplake

Oxfordshire Wide

  • Oxfordshire Skills Board and OxLEP – the CEO of SOFEA is the Vice Chair of the Skills Board, which manages the Skills agenda for OxLEP
  • Oxfordshire Charity Leaders – the CEO of SOFEA sits on this new group of charity leaders across Oxfordshire
  • Oxfordshire Business First – SOFEA is a member of OFB


We are in the process of building relationships with local government and stakeholder groups such as:

  • Vale of White Horse DC
  • South Oxfordshire DC
  • Didcot Town Council
  • Didcot Rotary Club
  • Didcot First – SOFEA won a Business and Community Award for its partnerships in 2015