Beyond Food Foundation | Ending Homelessness Case Study

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Posted by: Will Dixon, Research & Campaign Executive | Last modified on 20/12/2019


The Beyond Food Foundation is a charity focused on providing training and support to people who have been impacted by homelessness or are at risk of homelessness.


According to their website their solution is based “around simple, good food,” providing people facing barriers to work with job-ready skills, as well as connecting them with businesses readily available to provide those jobs to them.


Every year Beyond Food supports over 100 people through their programmes. These programmes follow a set road to up-skilling and employment.


Breakthrough Kitchen - an outreach programme that extends into hostels, job centres, prisons, housing associations to help build future referrals.

Freshlife - A series of interactive workshops that use food as a catalyst to motivate and inspire people who have been at risk of, or have experienced, homelessness.

Get Stuck In - A range of professional employability workshops that provide participants with the vital support, skills and knowledge to get and keep a meaningful job.

United Kitchen / Out Front - 2-year hospitality service apprenticeships - in the kitchen or front of house. Year 1 equips the apprentices with skills, qualifications and work experience at Brigade, their trainee kitchen and restaurant, year 2 is a full-time position within an employment partner.

Job - A long term meaningful career in hospitality and beyond.


Beyond Foods’s partners include: Brigade Bar + Kitchen, a social enterprise restaurant in London Bridge, which acts as a training hub for Beyond Food’s apprentices, PwC and BaxterStorey, a leading independent hospitality provider, who supplies operational, training and employment opportunities for Beyond Food’s trainees and apprentices.


After the first year of apprenticeship, apprentices are placed on one year work placements within the hospitality industry. Participants in the apprenticeship scheme include Carluccio’s, bartlett mitchell, De Vere hotels, Swan Bar and Restaurant at the Globe and Searcys restaurants.


Beyond Food has teamed up with Barclays this year in order to support 66 vulnerable and disadvantaged Londoners into full time employment over the course of two years. This will mean Beyond Food can start to expand its efforts, beginning a winter outreach programme to hostels, job centres, prisons, housing associations and charity partners. This means that Barclays and Beyond Food aim to build up referrals so that they can support and upskill adults who might benefit from their support.


Simon Boyle, chef founder of both Beyond Food and Brigade commented on the partnership that: “We want to inspire futures beyond homelessness and this [2019] is our most ambitious year yet. With this amazing support from Barclay’s Connect with Work, we will be reaching out to more people than ever before, providing skills development, training and, ultimately, full time employment to disadvantaged adults across the capital”.


Find out more about Beyond Food, as well as their partners and events.


Future Work:

Over the next couple of months, we will be releasing further case studies and big ideas from both retail and other industries on how they are trying to address homelessness.

Read our previous case studies on Social Bite, Pret Foundation, RICS, Change Please, and Unhoused.

We will also be releasing toolkits on recognising vulnerability to homelessness and the impact of in-work poverty, and encouraging compassionate ways to manage rough sleeping in your area.

We will also be signposting to volunteering opportunities from now and over the Christmas period to help those without proper shelter as we work to eradicate rough sleeping once and for all.

Keep up-to-date with the latest work we are doing in this area on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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