charity reg. no. 1155645
charity reg. no. 1155645
Our Director Parminder was a Social Worker for over 15 years, helping disadvantaged children and their families within the UK. As a child, growing up in India, she was touched by the lack of opportunities and
conditions faced by poor children, so, in 2009,
she set up SFiCE Foundation.
In June of 2015, we held the first SFiCE Social Cafe in Nottingham UK, to ease the effects of food poverty faced by vulnerable people within the city. We quickly realised that a large amount of our service users were struggling with English as a second language, and so we began our Free ESOL Classes, and from there we have grown so much!
Our passion is to improve the health and well-being of not only the service users but also the wider community.
Since 2020, we created our Pandemic Projects to meet the rising needs of our community. These are the SFiCE Support Line, Online ESOL Classes, SFiCE Takeaway Meals, Cooking on a Budget, and a campaign for Fabric Mask Making. We also continue our Homeless Outreach work.
Our main mission is community development, to help reduce the effects of food poverty, isolation
and ill health within the City of Nottingham.
We aim to do this by providing a number of free to access projects for vulnerable adults, families and the homeless. We address educational, health & well-being and core needs.
These include free hot meals from the SFiCE Social Cafe, for pick up and take away only on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon; free ESOL English language classes currently held online.
The free SFiCE Support Line telephone based listening service to offload your worries and find out about local help available.
Homeless Outreach which provides food, drink, toiletries and clothing to the homeless for free on Sunday evenings, and Cooking on a Budget recipe videos to develop cookery skills.
Parminder Dhanjal - Trustee and Director
After working for many years as a Social Worker, helping families and vulnerable people improve their situations, our founder Parminder developed SFiCE Foundation to initially to help fund education for street children in India, soon noticing the need for help fighting against food poverty in Nottingham, she developed the Social Cafe, providing free meals to homeless and vulnerable people in the city. From there, the charity has expanded and grown exponentially due to her hard work.
Jacqui Morley - Treasurer and Trustee
I spent many years in banking, travelling the Country, visiting branches and training staff to implement new computer, business, and accounting systems. I have also run a post office. Finally working in Adult Mental Health Services for almost 20 years. I have been blessed, as I have enjoyed careers in areas, both dear to my heart. Firstly, working closely with people who are vulnerable and socially excluded, secondly working with numbers. These both fit well with the position of Treasurer for SFiCE, where people are important and valued and there is a constant need for accurate accounts and bidding for money to keep the projects alive. I met Parminder six years ago when I saw and heard what SFiCE was achieving I was very keen to join her and use my skills to help. I am glad that I did, volunteering with SFiCE is interesting, rewarding and very worthwhile.
Nicole Dyer - Trustee
I have become a trustee of SFiCE Foundation to broaden my knowledge and gain new skills in the charity sector. As a long term volunteer of SFiCE, I had been working on the Homeless Outreach project, and it was something I thoroughly enjoyed. I aim to use my experience and personal values to benefit the charity's service users when they access support from SFiCE projects. I am more than happy to be involved and become a trustee for the SFiCE Foundation charity.
Harvey Goodman - Trustee
After 50 years in financial services, I retrained as a Blue Badge tour guide. The Covid-19 Pandemic has stopped all tourist business and I thought it would be a good opportunity to try and do something helpful in the community.
Unfortunately, the current situation has highlighted even more the need to assist many members of society who need support in all sorts of ways and SFiCE is helping out with one of the most basic needs …. dealing with food poverty.
As well as providing meals which are currently being delivered to the recipient’s own home, SFiCE also provides ESOL classes and a support line among other services all of which help those who for one reason or another cannot help themselves and I am proud and happy to do what I can to help out.
It seems to me that the current situation is not going to improve in the near future and therefore SFiCE and similar charities are going to be required for a long time.
We have a dedicated and hard working team of staff and volunteers who make SFiCE Foundation what it is!
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