Purfleet Trust is an established charity working with homeless people in the King’s Lynn area. In 2012 a grant of £2,000 from the Bernard Matthews Fund helped the charity to lease a café on the deprived Fairstead Estate to provide training and work experience opportunities for vulnerable clients.
The premises offer a small charity shop area, and an industrial kitchen where accredited catering programmes can be offered, as well as the basic skills of cooking on a budget and making produce for sale in the cafe. The people who the Trust supports on a day to day basis are vulnerable and isolated, and can be discriminated against within the community due to a lack of social and life skills which have a variety of causes. This project aims to provide a safe, structured voluntary place of work and learning where they can build confidence and self-esteem, and break destructive cycles.
To date the project has delivered training to 46 people, of which 39 have completed a course and gained qualifications, 16 have engaged in work experience and/or further training, 12 have become volunteers and 11 have gained paid employment.