Changing lives:

Breakthrough Kitchen

lives impacted


lives Inspired

Work Experience

skills developed


secured Employment

What we do

We are a charity providing life-changing opportunities to individuals whose
lives have unravelled, and people who need vital support and inspiration to grab hold of their life, regardless of their current or past circumstances.

How we do it

At Beyond Food, we use food to remove barriers that inhibit individuals from
securing financial independence, freedom from isolation, and confidence to build better futures. Food plays a crucial role in helping people to live healthier lives, stand on their own two feet, and understand healthy life choices – both physically and mentally.

Learning life skills such as cooking provides the building blocks to create a life with purpose. We support & coach individuals whose lives have unravelled, for whatever reason, people often need reconnection, inspiration, and encouragement to enable them to aspire to meaningful employment or simply to continue on a positive pathway.

Who we strive to support

Unemployment rates have increased since the pandemic, and this has been felt most acutely in London by those
aged 16-24, who have seen it increase from 16% to 20%. Unemployment rates for all age groups are higher in London than in the rest of England.

Workless Londoners have more diverse needs than those in other parts of Britain. In particular, they are more likely to be under fifty, to have children, to have been born outside Britain, and to be of black or minority ethnic origin.
Many workless Londoners face more than one barrier to work. Tackling and supporting all of these problems is the
only way to truly remove the barriers to enable long-term change and support people in securing fulfilling, long-term
employment opportunities.

Collaboration & support

Beyond Food having Brigade Bar+Kitchen as an ecolab for beneficiaries to secure hands-on training and support, enables the charity to stay close to their learning and progression and immediately address the persistent barriers to work progression. Working with PwC and partners such as Searcy’s provides us with enormous opportunities to embed our ethos further.


PwC owns the building that Brigade Bar+Kitchen and Beyond Food Foundation reside. PwC Foundation is generously providing the beautiful old fire station building, which is a professionally run kitchen and restaurant, which also has a training kitchen and function rooms.

A note from Simon...

Since 2005, I have seen first-hand the power of food as a catalyst to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

As a tangible, valued contributor to our local London community and wider society, Beyond Food directly impacts the lives of hundreds of vulnerable people every year.

Over recent years and thanks to a unique multi-sector collaboration model, our reputation and good work have grown extensively. Today, the quality of our training programmes, the expertise of our team and our passion for 'good food doing good' makes Beyond Food second to none.

2021 will mark Beyond Food's tenth anniversary at the Brigade Bar+Kitchen. This landmark has prompted us to look to the future. We have ambitious and exciting plans for sustainability and growth to support more people at society's fringes. The last decade has been all about helping vulnerable people into employment and specifically within the hospitality sector, and we have achieved so much. Looking ahead, whilst we want to ensure that our current work and model remain firm, our vision is to look beyond the sector and explore new partnerships and initiatives to impact even more individuals in need.

Employment does not only offer financial stability; it provides purpose. It enables each of us, regardless of our background, to become part of something bigger than ourselves. This purpose is, I believe, an integral part of being human.

It's a significant time for us. Increasing support from individual donors will play a critical role in achieving our goals. We will continue to build strategic partnerships with corporate organisations, trusts and foundations, and government bodies.

I hope you agree and will consider supporting our life-changing work. Your lead in supporting us will pave the way for others to follow, ensuring we continue to fulfil our essential mission. Your help will enable those most in need on our doorstep to leap social isolation to a meaningful life.

Thank you for your interest in Beyond Food and our mission.