Place Category: Food & Drink
The Crumbs Project was set up in 1996 with the objective to help our trainees acquire the skills and confidence to seek employment. After identifying the need for people in long-stay mental health care to have a pattern to their day, a skill at their finger tips and something to talk about the bakery in Southbourne was set up to provide catering training.
The organisation achieved charity status in 1997 and two years after becoming a charity we expanded to included people with learning disabilities, stabilised addictions and people with head injuries to evolve into a successful mixed disability workforce. With support from grant making trusts we were able to expand the staff team and trainee numbers grew.
In 2004 Crumbs opened a café in Boscombe to provide work surroundings with real customers to serve. This enabled trainees to not only learn new skills and gain qualifications, but also raised self-esteem and confidence as well as valuable work experience.
In 2015 Crumbs moved to a new centre in Ensbury Park. This has enabled us to expand the training that is offered. We are now able to provide our trainees with administration and housekeeping skills as well as the catering training Crumbs already provides. Each trainee can spend up to two years with the charity and the training is built around their needs to help them become independent and ready to move on into paid or voluntary work.
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
1) Providing training to disadvantaged people
Crumbs has provides training to 40 disadvantaged people in the last year, which has improved their confidence and given them more skills to become work ready.
2) Engaging with local community
As a result of our outreach lunch clubs, older people are socialising more and mixing with people of all ages so they become less lonely and isolated.
Crumbs has recently opened a Community cafe at Muscliffe park, encouraging parents in the area to come and use the community centre facilities with their children.
3) Reducing social isolation
Via weekly attendance to Crumbs, our trainees/ interns mix with other people of all ages, build friendships and have created a social club which they can all attend and this reduces isolation.