Food for Change

Two men with plate of food

Delivery organisation – Cornwall Food Foundation

Project contact – Natasha Arnold  | | 01637 861000

We inspire and enable people in Cornwall through food to achieve meaningful change in their lives. We do this through training, employment and better life opportunities, adding real value to the local economy. We are known for manging the Fifteen Cornwall Apprentice Programme and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall restaurant. In its first 10 years Fifteen Cornwall recruited over 180 apprentices. Training also includes hospitality skills training and higher level skills to progress people in the industry. At the heart of our approach is the integration of technical skill development with personal development. This applies equally in our community training programmes where we engage communities through food-related activities focusing on health, education and employment.

Project summary 

The Food for Change will build four locality-based Food for Change partnerships in Redruth, Truro, St Austell and Newquay. These will enable users of foodbanks and mental health and other social services to address barriers to active inclusion in the economy, also fostering new ways of working and effect lasting change in local community infrastructure as well as enabling 278 participants to progress into, or closer to, work.

Four food disciplines:

  • Think Food: nutritional awareness, food budgeting, food provenance and sustainability
  • Grow Food: horticulture skills; planting, cultivation and harvest; seasons and climate in Cornwall
  • Cook Food: knife skills, food safety & hygiene, ten survival recipes
  • Trade Food: making money from food; basic accounting & marketing know how relevant to the community setting and context

Four change activities:

  • Food-based training
  • Purposeful social activity
  • Volunteering and work experience
  • Integrated personal support

This is an Open Call project funded until November 2019.

Participant eligibility

Unemployed and economically inactive people; Have the right to work in the UK.

-35% participants with disabilities (98); 20% participants aged 50+ (58); 11% participants from ethnic minority (3)

Referral routes – We expect the majority of referrals will come from delivery partners in our four localities: Camborne: CN4C, Transformation CPR; Truro: Transformation Cornwall, Café Chaos, Young People Cornwall, Volunteer Cornwall, Truro Foodbank; Newquay: Newquay Orchard, Transformation Cornwall; St Austell: STAK, St Austell Foodbank, People & Gardens, Young People Cornwall, Volunteer Cornwall. Strategic partners are: Cornwall Council, Clinical Commissioning Group, Cornwall Foundation Trust (Mental Health), Trussell Trust, CFF, Pentreath, University of Exeter

Delivery Partners

Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change
The Elms, Green Lane, Redruth TR15 1LS – 01209 310610

Camborne/Redruth: Specialise in community get-together, activities to support personal health and wellbeing and to help make people “Better Off”; including providing new skills and support for employment; activities that aim to make “Better Sense” of community resources and government policy. This includes encouraging new approaches to economic growth, clearer thinking around issues of equality and diversity and better use of food.

Transformation CPR
Don Gardner,, 01209 714592

Camborne/Redruth: Specialities include the CPR Foodbank & developing social care

Newquay Community Orchard
Natalie Frost,

Newquay/St Austell/Truro: Community gardens/growing space, mental health therapy, educational services, support to the local community, social inclusion and skills.

Transformation Cornwall 01872 274351

Newquay/Truro: Specialising in strengthening and supporting faith-based community social action and anti-poverty work.

People & Gardens
Ken Radford, 01726 70721

St Austell. Specialises in enabling people with learning disabilities or emotional impairments to be able to develop as individuals, to learn work and social skills and to have equality of choice and opportunity in the workplace

STAK Community Kitchen
Mike Mellow, 01726 77457,

St Austell. Helping vulnerable and needy people with a meal. Funded by donations of food and monies by people of St Austell, the churches and other groups of individuals.

Young People Cornwall
Kate Smith,, 01872 222447

St Austell/Truro. Specifically supporting youth groups, running programmes and projects, and working with partners to cater to the needs of young people in Cornwall.

St Austell Foodbank
Jon Langford,, 01726 65313

St Austell. Specialise in emergency food and support for those in crisis.

Truro Foodbank
Bob Girvan,, 07721 711669

Truro. Specialise in emergency food and support for those in crisis.

Volunteer Cornwall
Rose Taylor, 01872 265305

St Austell/Truro. Working in collaboration with a wide range of organisations to promote and support active citizenship and voluntary action covering emotional, social, environmental and economic needs and opportunities.

Katy Hutchinson, 01872 246725

Truro. Specialise in working with volunteers in the community, learning new skills whilst working with real customers, under the watchful eyes of excellent trainers.

Visit the Food for Change website.

Investment & Outcomes


  • ESF – £1,052,999
  • Public Match – £23,963
  • Private Match – £239,288

Project Outcomes