Purpose of investment
Towards funding of a Managers post beyond December 2014 and to match fund an award from The Robertson Trust to employ a training officer and buy new equipment.
Investment package: Start & Grow
Social outcomes: Employment, training and education
Changing Lives through Food
The team behind The Larder have a passion for food and cooking and are keen to see an end to food poverty in West Lothian. Their aim is to relieve poverty and engage individuals and communities with food.
The Larder believe that food is a great tool to help achieve change in a young person’s life. They advocate everyone has the right to reach their full potential and recognise that some people need a bit more time and support to do that. The Larder has two key aims; to support young people experiencing multiple barriers into work in; and to get as many people in West Lothian cooking their own healthy food.
The Larder offer a range of cookery activities for adults, children and corporate customers, with profits being re-invested in training and employability programmes.
These programmes meet individual needs, teaching the employability skills required to gain and sustain a job, alongside the basic practical skills required to work in the hospitality sector. Young people between the ages of 14 and 19 can participate, with priority being given to those with a family history of unemployment or who face multiple barriers to securing sustainable employment.
The Larder were successful in obtaining an initial investment of £24,600 from Resilient Scotland, to purchase new equipment and help cover the cost of a Development Manager. In 2016, they received a further investment of £35,000 to employ a full-time Business Development Manager, to help grow the commercial arm of the business and work towards self-sufficiency.
Angela Moohan, Manager, said “The investment from Resilient was an attractive proposition, as we saw it as way to help us to grow our income streams. When establishing the business we had set clear priorities. However, like any new business circumstances caused priorities to change, so the ability to be flexible with how to use the investment was invaluable and allowed us to grow in the early stages of the business’ development.”
Not only has this investment allowed The Larder to work and support young people in forging a career in the hospitality sector, it has also allowed them to develop and strengthen partnerships with a range of public, private and voluntary organisations.