Our Director Parminder was a Social worker Manager 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.
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 essential needs.
Since SFiCE was founded we have grown within the community and now provide vital services to meet and mitigate the immediate effects of poverty and homelessness.
In November 2021 we moved in to SFiCE House on Raleigh Street in Central Nottingham.
Parminder Dhanjal - Trustee and Director
After working for many years as a Social worker Manager, helping families and vulnerable people improve their situations, our founder Parminder developed SFiCE Foundation to initially 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.
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 that 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 shortly and therefore SFiCE and similar charities are going to be required for a long time.
Chris Skelly - Trustee
I have worked for 10 years in local government finance and a further 14 years in university finance, where I continue to work on supporting and developing the finance system. I am looking to use the skills and experience I have gained so far in the work I do for the SFiCE Foundation. Unfortunately, more people are now experiencing food poverty. The SFiCE Foundation is helping to support some of the most vulnerable people in the community through the social café and other projects. I am enthusiastic about contributing to the great work that SFiCE is doing.
Tim Stonehouse - Trustee
When I retired after over 36 years of working in the civil service, I was keen to find some volunteer work in the local community. I spotted an opportunity at SFiCE for a volunteer to join the team as HR support, this caught my eye as I had just spent the last twenty-odd years of my career working in HR! I confess that I hadn't heard of SFiCE before this but after my first meeting with Parminder to discuss the role, I was immediately inspired by the great work that she and the rest of the team were doing. So I jumped at the chance to get involved and lend my support to some of the most vulnerable people here in our local community. Sadly there seems to be an increasing demand for our services as many people find themselves in very challenging and difficult situations, particularly in relation to food poverty. I'm proud of the work that we do at SFiCE, it's great to be involved with such a great team and to play a part in supporting people.
We have a dedicated and hard working team of staff and volunteers who make SFiCE Foundation what it is!
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