Our Story

Who are we?

We are a charity providing training and support to people who have been impacted by homelessness or are at risk of homelessness. Our programmes are focussed on getting people into fulfilling and meaningful employment, thus breaking the cycle of homelessness, unemployment and poverty.

What we do!

Our solution is based around simple, good food. Cooking it and serving it. At Beyond Food, we aim to inspire people to begin the process of developing skills and attitudes that can become the foundation for their work and life for the future. We bring freshly cooked food into the lives of vulnerable people, as it plays a crucial role in helping them stand on their own two feet. It helps them live healthier lives. Learning the basics of cooking, equips them with building blocks to create lives full of purpose. Good food, kitchen skills and harnessing a sense of vitality, lays the groundwork towards helping them contribute and belong in society.

Who do we help?

At Beyond Food, we are immensely proud to play a key role in supporting and educating vulnerable adults across all London boroughs, who have been at risk of, or have experienced homelessness, to enable them to gain meaningful employment. Each year, we support over 100 people through our programmes. Our beneficiaries have multiple and complex barriers to overcome, including health problems, addictions, lack of housing and dependency on benefits. Most of these practical difficulties are exacerbated by low self-esteem, lack of confidence and lack of hope, opportunity and purpose. Beyond Food has devised innovative programmes, as a sustainable way to make a real and lasting difference to our beneficiaries’ lives.

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The Beyond Food Team

Find out more about the people behind the Beyond Food Foundation.

Simon Boyle

Chef Founder

Simon is the vision behind the Beyond Food Foundation and Brigade Bar + Kitchen. Since 2004, Simon has worked tirelessly to help homeless people across London to rebuild their lives, imparting his passion, skills and knowledge of cooking and food.

Leon Seraphin

Chef Trainer

Leon started as an apprentice himself, back in 2004, before progressing his career and becoming a Head Chef in a professional kitchen. Leon is responsible for all aspects of training the apprentices and delivering our 6- week Fresh-Life programme.

Maddy Edwards

Fundraising Manager

Maddy has worked and volunteered in the charity sector for a few years, after a career in business analysis. She is responsible for creating and progressing a funding strategy, that attracts the finance needed to support all aspects of the charity.

Sharon MacCool

Charity & Finance Manager

Sharon looks after the governance around the charity finances, and prepares financial reports for the Beyond Food Foundation trustees.

Deirdre Smith

Resilience Coach

With a background in counselling, Deirdre volunteers one day a week at Beyond Food, listening and giving time to those apprentices who might need support and encouragement during their training year.

Jan Seymour

Support & Progression Team

Jan provides support and guidance on housing, benefits, debt recovery and family issues, helping our apprentices to overcome barriers they may be facing and rebuilding their confidence for future employment.

Catherine Levins

Events Organiser

Cat helps plan and organise all the events at Beyond Food and Brigade Bar + Kitchen, coordinating with clients and operational staff.

Madeleine Bevan

Training and Apprenticeship Programme Coordinator.

Madeleine is assistant to Jan Seymour on the Support and Progression team and helps coordinate the Beyond Food programmes.