There are many charities and organisations that support the hospitality industry and the people who work in the sector.
At Caterer.com we’ve identified 12 that have, over the past year, helped people into work and to face the challenges that life can throw at us all.
Each of the twelve charities address specific industry issues in innovative and creative ways, from professional chefs reaching 16,000 pupils around the country, to raising over £100,000 to fund scholarships for rising stars within hospitality.
Ladies of Restaurants
Having an empathetic ear is important to us all. LOR has expanded its network across the UK and abroad to introduce its (Wo)Mentoring programme, providing female hospitality employees a trusted place to discuss their ambitions, fears and potential career trajectory within the industry. Most of thier ideas come from women who have approached them to do something that is important to them or a topic they want to discuss.
LOR has plans to expand across the UK in 2020. Events for the first part of the year will be across the country – more dinners, talks and workshops, as well as launching their flagship event; L.O.R. In Service on 9th March. To be the first to hear about everything, sign up to their newsletter on ladiesofrestaurants.com and follow them on Instagram or Facebook @ladiesofrestaurants.
Word of mouth is their best friend. The more people know about L.O.R., the bigger and stronger the community and the more of a chance they have to effect change. If you want to get involved, email:
Women in Travel
Women in Travel launched BAME Women in Travel initiative, aimed at providing underrepresented women from BAME backgrounds with the opportunity to engage with and learn from hospitality industry leaders and employers.
Women in Travel are keen to hear from more employers wishing to collaborate with us to address recruitment challenges whilst also giving back to society, inviting employers to join us for a networking event that will celebrate 2 years of service; provide updated information and showcase some of our candidates. Dukes Hotel Mayfair, 28 January, and more information can be obtained via firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
BAME Women in Travel will launch a mentoring programme in January and is now open for BAME candidates and mentors to come forward.
This year, Springboard has helped almost 800 people into employment or further education in the sector and have enabled 1,139 individuals to enrol on an employability programme.
Springboard are always seeking new business partners, sponsors and volunteers to help young people, and those with barriers to employment, into sustainable jobs in hospitality. Businesses can help by providing work placements, hosting and participating in events and fundraisers, encouraging staff to become Springboard Ambassadors, mentoring, making donations or adopting Springboard as a charity of choice in 2020.
Through their support services, which include a Suicide Awareness Programme, Employee Assistance Programme, Winter Fuel Grant and School Uniform Grant Hospitality Action have helped more industry people than ever before. By the end of 2019, over £750,000 will have been awarded in grants to those in need in the sector.
2020 is set to be an important year for Hospitality Action as they increase the available tools and skills employers need to respond to conversations about mental health amongst employees. The charity hopes to raise over £150,000 in 2020 to continue to provide invaluable services to those working in hospitality.
Only a Pavement Away has helped provide hospitality jobs to 52 vulnerable people. That’s an average of one per week, with retention way above the industry average. A 12-month campaign of engagement and action has seen an increase in the number of employers & charities working with OAPA. The charity also handed out 3,500 reusable water flasks to rough sleepers as part of it’s Fill a Flask Campaign and 450 waterproof bags full of coats, hats, gloves and blankets to those sleeping rough on the streets of London as part of the Winter Warmth campaign.
To continue to support vulnerable groups into work Only a Pavement Away needs to encourage more engagement and donations from industry brands and organisations. Several campaigns are planned throughout 2020 including Cook & Dine, a conference, Fill A Flask & Winter Warmth.
In a few short months, Hospitality Health has enabled hospitality employers to think differently about supporting staff with mental health issues by delivering expert training. Since inception, the charity has presented 3 Wellbeing Charters to Buzzwords, Apex Hotels and Manorview Group and 5 Resilience training sessions.
2020 will see the charity host several fundraising activities, including a 5-ferry challenge, for which they will be seeking sponsorship partners. This is a cycle around 5 islands in the Firth of Clyde, supported by the ferry co, Caledonian MacBrayne.
Hospitality Health also plans to host public Resilience Training courses across Scotland, and are always on the lookout for volunteers to work with Trustees at events.
If you wish to make a donation, our Justgiving page is: www.justgiving.com/hospitalityhealth
London Hospitality Festival
The London Hospitality Festival brings together over 3500 hospitality workers for one very special summer day. Friends and families gather to play football, socialise and raise lots of money for charity.
If you’d like your company to take part and treat employees at the 2020 London Hospitality Festival on Sunday 13th September, you can pre-register your interest here
HIT Scotland celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2019. This milestone culminated in awarding the 3,000th HIT Scholarship, in addition to providing support for 14,000 students over the preceding years. With the reach and demand for scholarships increasing every year, individuals and companies can get involved in many ways. Individuals can experience teamwork and networking by joining one of our many committees that develop and deliver our unique fundraising events.
Their Futures Group, in conjunction with Caterer.com, is another forum to provide direction and inspiration to the next generation of industry leaders. Companies can support by attending the events and contributing prizes.
The application process for the HIT Scotland scholarships 2020 is now open!
A new challenge for 2020 will be the Kilimanjaro Expedition in September. This will be another ambitious challenge for the industry and they are looking to raise funds in memory of Andrew Fairlie. Many more details can be found at this link to the web page and the support section.
Chefs in Schools
Chefs in Schools are inspiring change in school food by freely sharing knowledge of what works well, both in kitchens and classrooms, with schools across the country. We are led by some of the UK’s foremost experts in food policy and education, and chefs who support our efforts.
Chefs in Schools are currently working with at 25 schools, with a total of 20 Chefs doing amazing work, feeding 9,000 students all over London.
Chefs in Schools plan to continue their growth, reaching out to even more schools in 2020. To do this they need more chefs and organisations to get involved who are enthusiastic about wanting to feed children well at school and teach them about the food they prepare and eat.
If you are chef or have any other enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Teachers Centre
In 2019, FTC introduced 328 schoolteachers to their local FE colleges Hospitality and Catering departments through their Chefs Back to School programme. Professional chefs reached 16,000 pupils around the country, who are now better informed of the career progression possible through the industry.
The FTC is launching two new practical skills programmes for schools in 2020. These aim to ensure that every child gets a chance to prepare and cook with game, fish, and pork by the time they leave school. The Food Teachers Centre is always looking for passionate individuals who are willing to share their industry skills and knowledge at student Masterclasses, and are also looking for funding to help extend the Chefs Back to School programme.
More information can be found here about Schools Game Changer www.foodteacherscentre.co.uk/schools-game-changer
The national cooking competition had its most successful year yet in 2019 with even more professionals providing their expert skills and mentorship and 14,352 school children taking part, a 9% increase from 2018.
Their ambition is to continue to grow FutureChef in 2020, reaching even more schools and young people throughout the UK. To do this they need chef mentors and champions who are crucial for this programme to continue.
Find out more about FutureChef here: www.futurechef.uk.net/
Foxes Academy is a College and Training Hotel for young adults aged 18 to 25 with learning disabilities. From day one of their course, all learning is geared towards gaining sustainable employment in hospitality and living independently. Training in a real working hotel, with outstanding reviews on Tripadvisor, ensures graduates gain industry-recognised qualifications with good team skills, so they can work at the fast pace the industry demands.
The employer engagement programmes at Foxes Academy address the resource shortage in hospitality and the impact of the disability employment gap. Above all, Foxes Academy change lives for the students, employers, colleagues and customers.
Foxes Academy students benefit in many different ways from the support of the hospitality industry, including employment, work experience placements, skills workshops and events. Please do get in touch, if you feel you could help or would just like to find out more.
On the 3rd February 2020, Foxes Academy students will cook and serve alongside chefs: Briony May, semi-finalist of The Great British Bake Off, Liam Finnegan, The Castle, Dez Turland, Brend Hotels and Jamie Coleman, The Beach at Bude at a special event at the Clevedon Hall Hotel. This event is designed to highlight employing people with disabilities, encouraging businesses to become disability confident and to raise funds.
You can get involved, email email@example.com
Thank you to all 12 charities and organisations who have supported those in 2019, working in or trying to gain employment in the hospitality industry.
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