Project information

Work-A Piece of Cake

To provide more work experience and volunteer placements for people with a range of disadvantage by creating a new social enterprise that will make a range of high quality cakes, desserts, savouries and desserts to be sold through Farmers Markets and Food Fairs and through the catering trade

April 2011 - March 2012

Charity information: The Training and Learning Company

The Training and Learning Company
  • Need


    A shortage of work experience and voluntary placements for people with a range of disabilities. Although there are some availble they usually have a criteria that means that beneficiaries have to be capable of rehabilitation into work, this excludes many people who may never be able to gain or maintain employment but who could do a few hours of work each week and who would gain a very positive experience as a result.


    The project will provide extra placements without the rehabilitation criteria, though we will happy to accept people with rehabilitation potential if they can not find placements at existing projects. It is also proposed to develop on the lines of a social enterprise so the majority of income is earned income and will not be reliant on statutory funding.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create more work experience and volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged individuals


    » To establish a professional catering unit based in a disused factory kitchen and canteen belonging to Remploy.
    » To recruit beneficiaries (30 per year) fpeople with mental health problems, learning difficulties, traumatic brain injury and physical disability.
    » To provide training for volunteers and beneficiaries undertaking work experience placements

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    The establishment of a sustainable catering initiative providing work experience placement.
    Recruing 30 beneficiaries

    Aim 2

    To establish a sustainable catering based social enterprise to support the work experience project


    » Develop a range of produce including cakes, tray bakes, savouries, deserts and preserves.
    » Establish a presence at Farmers Markets, Food Fairs and community events
    » Develop sales to the catering trade

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    Sustainable catering initiative established to support work experience placements.

    Aim 3

    To develop IT usage


    » Develop an online store
    » Develop IT usage to support beneficiary training
    » Develop IT usage for administration, monitoring and communications

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    Online website store etablished
    IT usage by beneficiaries for training and support
    IT usage for administration, monitoring and communication

  • Impact


    30 beneficiaries each year will have:
    Improved knowledge skills and qualifications in catering
    Improved confidence and self-esteem
    Improved health and wellbeing


    Insufficient beneficiaries recruited-There is identified shortage in the area and we are being pressed to devlop this project.
    Insufficient income-Pilot work has already been undertaken to sell some products at Farmers Markets which has been successful


    We will establish a robust management information system to provide data for monitoring and evaluation. Reports will be made to Trustees on a quarterly basis. As a rule we report to funders after one year but this can be more frquently if required

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,850

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,850 Equipment Catering equipment-ovens, racks etc
      £2,000 IT equipment 2 computers, peripherals and software
      £2,000 IT Development Website online store development

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Valentine Charitable Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
    Awards for All £4,294 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project has been established for beneficiaries in North Bournemouth, which includes the deprived area of West Howe. The actual location of the premises is however, just over the border in Poole and beneficiaries will also be accepted from this town.


    The project will benefit people with a mental health problem, learning difficulty, traumatic brain injury and physical disability. Mostly they will reside in North Bournemouth area which includes areas within the 10% most deprived areas in the country. Although there are two other projects in Bournemouth and Poole they are limited and a lengthy journey by bus including changes.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity has developed a niche in food and healthy eating providing training and also vocational work experience projects through managing a community cafe and providing lunch clubs for older people. We have people with business experience in the catering trade and other businesses.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Greg Singleton

    Project Manager. Has experience in the catering trade and business as well as extensive management experience in the voluntary sector.

    Teresa Brady

    Trustee-Supervisor of Project Manager. Has experience in business (MBA qualified) Director of a training company.

    Tony Gibbons

    Tutor-Qualified tutor with experience in cooking skills and healthy eating. Has expeience in the catering trade and business.