“This experience basically changed and saved my life beyond all recognition”

Presenting Beyond Food and Brigade

At this moment in time more than 9,000 people are sleeping on the streets of Britain at any given time. A 134 per cent rise since 2010. A staggering number in one of the world’s richest countries.

However there are people and businesses who are looking towards the lives and futures of those threatened by homelessness and they are trying to make a meaningful impact. These companies are fine examples of ‘Social Good’ and EP is delighted to profile their activities. Not only as a way to recognise but to also make others aware that they can think and act differently and make their own impact – no matter how big or small.

Recently EP visited Beyond Food and Brigade – a social enterprise restaurant playing a vital role. Read their story below:

“At Beyond Food and Brigade, we have a frustration that people not only become homeless, but stay homeless. Since 2011, we have supported over 1000 of the UK’s most vulnerable people through our training and employed 111 of these as apprentices in our restaurant, Brigade. Alongside professional training and qualifications, we provide the holistic support required to help individuals break the cycle of poverty and move into meaningful employment.”

“Brigade is a live social enterprise restaurant which is open to the public, serving Great British food, running exclusive events and housing a bustling bar. Our flagship programme is a two year apprenticeship in Professional Cookery where participants spend a year training at Brigade before moving into a supported work placement in another London venue.”

“We know 58% of our apprentice alumni are still employed in the hospitality industry, up to 6 years after programme completion (October 2017).”

Some beneficiaries have described their experience:

“This experience basically changed and saved my life beyond all recognition, including that of my children.”

“The Beyond Food programme is the best thing that has happened to me. It got me off the streets and in to full-time employment.”

“They‘ve helped me move my life forward from homelessness and social exclusion.”

The Hospitality Industry has a great opportunity to be the centre of every community. It can be at the forefront and it can make a difference.