Team

Chris

Marketing Assistant and Researcher

Business Innovation Directorate

Didcot

What did you do before you worked for SOFEA?

I found it difficult to find work in the fields I was qualified for in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, instead having to take on a series of menial jobs between elongated stints on Universal Credit.

Why did you decide to work for SOFEA?

I was referred to SOFEA through The Buck Project; which is a charity that works to assist those trapped in cycles of long term unemployment as a result of mental health concerns or other socio-economic factors. With their help, I was able to initially volunteer at SOFEA before later being taken on as a full time member of staff.

What is the best thing about your job?

I’m given a generous amount of creative freedom on how I approach my work, as well as being able to witness the positive impact my contributions have on those who are socially or economically marginalised.

What have you learnt since being Employed by SOFEA?

That no one is beyond a second chance. And if someone is in need of a second chance, giving them that opportunity really can be life changing.

In one sentence, say something about SOFEA.

SOFEA has given so much to so many that merely calling it a food redistribution charity is selling it short; to really understand SOFEA, you’ll have to see the broad cross section of staff, volunteers and youngsters working together for yourself.

Tell us something about you that not many people would know?

When I was thirteen, I flew a plane over the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in Northamptonshire.