Skills for life

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000


Our mission is to work with communities to develop long-term solutions to poverty, hunger and homelessness. The Feed’s aims are to help homeless people, people with drug and alcohol addictions, people with mental health problems, ex- offenders and people who are furthest away from being able to work. We help them by providing training and support. The training includes confidence, motivation, customer services, cooking, nutrition and barista skills. It’s a combination to help people be more self-sufficient and think about getting employment. We also provide 1:1 support and coaching.

We have taken over a disused restaurant at Prince of Wales Road in Norwich. Norwich was ranked 323 out of 324 districts in England for social mobility meaning that people who are in poverty here usually get stuck in poverty.

We will be using the new premises to:
- every day, train people to cook, make good coffee, have customer service skills with the aim of putting them in a position to gain employment in the food/hospitality industry (training 100 people a year)
- open as a cafe and catering business during the day where our trainees will receive work experience to put the skills they have learnt into practice.
- In addition to this, the facility will be open early evening, working with other charities and community groups to bring the community together including regular food-based activities for refugees, regular activities for women who have survived homelessness and other groups who are often excluded. (providing 500 meals with support per year)

Our aim is that other charities, community groups and the local community as a whole will benefit from the use of our community café. Given sufficient funding, we will be able to put more people through our training, making a greater difference to the lives of many adults who have faced homelessness in Norwich and tackle barriers to employment. We also plan to run a grant program for people who are facing a specific barrier to work, for example they need equipment to be able to work or help with transport costs to be able to get to their place of work.

Last year we trained 40 people. The new premises will enable us to train many more. We are aiming for 100 people to go through our training courses next year with 30 successful outcomes. (people who are ready for employment, further education or volunteering) We also aim to provide other community groups with 500 meals per year with support. We are really aiming to make a big difference to the local community in general.

We are looking for £5,000 from the Aviva Community Fund to purchase ovens, dishwashers and other kitchen equipment for our training kitchen, which will enable our trainees to learn to work within a commercial kitchen environment.

The Feed Foundation

Moment of Pride

It is extremely rewarding to watch the transition of our trainees from day one to the graduation ceremony. The difference in confidence is amazing and the friendships that they make along the way are something for everyone involved, including the trainees, to be extremely proud of.

Location: Norwich