Warehouse Office Manager



What did you do before you worked for SOFEA?

I previously worked in the Supply Chain department for National Grid for 10 years ordering gas pipes and everything required to repair gas mains. Prior to this I was the assistant manager of a very busy petrol station, and I was also there for 10 years.

Why did you decide to work for SOFEA?

After being made redundant from National Grid I was then out of work for five and a half years. I applied for thousands of jobs but could not catch a break. I was then encouraged to go to Shaw Trust as they help people who have been unemployed for a long time. I’d only been there a couple of days when they told me about a local business in Didcot that just started, so I came here spoke to Richard and he very kindly took me on and gave me a chance and that was almost 7 years ago.

What is the best thing about your job?

The job is very rewarding as we are providing food to those that really need it and without our help, they might go hungry. The team that I work with are predominantly our young people and this is great as it helps to keep me feeling young, though I know I’m definitely not. At the end of every day, I know that myself and the team have helped to feed hungry people and that can only be a good thing.

What have you learnt since being Employed by SOFEA?

I have learnt so much since being employed by SOFEA. Young people and the long term unemployed are treated quite badly by society, as they are either labelled as being immature or non-cooperative or not putting enough effort in. I sometimes used to think this, even though I’d also been unemployed for several years, and I’m so glad that I’ve been here at SOFEA to have my thoughts and values re-evaluated and I know have a much more positive outlook regarding everyone.

In one sentence, say something about SOFEA.

Being part of SOFEA will change you for the better in all aspects of your life.

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

I have a broad taste of music that I like and at one time I had over 15,000 CD’s in my collection.