Cooking Up Support For Veterans
We are excited to have launched our new 'Field Kitchen' social enterprise!
Field Kitchen will employ Veterans to prepare, cook and serve food, as well as providing them with training in catering and customer service skills. It will deliver high quality street food to be sold at a variety of events including trade shows, exhibitions and festivals.
Ex-service personnel will be planning, preparing, cooking and serving great food with the best of local ingredients using a converted horsebox.
Field Kitchen will work to build on the skills that the Veterans already have, and make them more employable, build self-esteem and increase their opportunities to build an independent life. In turn, we are hopeful this will then enable the Veterans we support to pursue careers in the tourism, catering and hospitality sector.
The launch saw us serve a sampling of a food in a 'pop-up' event in Conwy, North Wales. It was attended by key partner organisations and funders, as well Councillor Liz Roberts, who is Armed Forces Champion for the area.
Field Kitchen will be based in North Wales and will be able to tour local events once we have our horsebox ready for use in the New Year.
Tom Barham, Social Enterprise Manager at Alabaré Homes for Veterans said:
“Field Kitchen is a really exciting venture based on the fast growing street food sector and the vibrant events and tourism industry in North Wales. It is a great feel good idea – people enjoy creating, serving and eating good food. Social Enterprises need to do two things well, be profitable and deliver social value, and we are confident this is the right idea to achieve this. We hope people from North Wales and those visiting will support this new venture when they see it out and about in 2020!”
The development of the Field Kitchen social enterprise scheme has been made possible thanks to the generous financial support of a number of organisations including Gwynt Y Mor Community Fund, Rhyl Flats Community Fund. Conwy Council, National Lottery Community Fund and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, added:
“Training and employment are just two of our main streams of work. We are proud to be supporting Alabaré and its efforts to help veterans re-enter the workplace and live an independent life.”