Every week, a different Societe Generale Corporate Foundation for Solidarity partner charity is placed under the spotlight
FoodCycle, a British not-for-profit organisation set up in 2009, seeks to provide nutritious meals for people at risk of social isolation by collecting surplus food. To do so, it runs two schemes: the Hub Programme and Community Café. There are currently 16 Hubs across the UK, where volunteers are trained to collect surplus food and to prepare meals in spare kitchen spaces.
The association also runs a Community Café in the London district of Bromley-by-Bow, whose goal is to help members of the local community gain the skills they need to find employment.
In 2013, the Societe Generale Corporate Foundation for Solidarity supported FoodCycle’s “Pie In The Sky” project. Through its Community Café, the association trains vulnerable groups from Bromley-by-Bow in the catering and hospitality industry.
Volunteer trainees follow a 3 to 6 month programme, divided into three sections, starting with recruitment which involves an assessment of each person’s reasons for applying and objectives. The programme also includes training in the café, which is open 5 days a week. Each trainee is expected to work at the café three days a week to develop their cooking, dietary, customer service and barista skills.
FoodCycle also provides employment support for its volunteers. Once every two weeks, the volunteers have a one-to-one meeting with a coordinator to review their progress and goals and to discuss their professional plans. The organisation also sets up placements in partner companies and CV workshops to help them find job opportunities.
To know more about this organization : FoodCycle