We are providing free meals for those most in need in our community. If you or anyone you know is in need of a free nutritious meal please contact us by 2pm daily.
Food Pick Up | 3-5pm - Mon - Fri
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a free order
About The Shared Plate
The Shared Plate is a Community Interest Company that seeks to create an environment where good food can be created and shared by everybody. People are at the heart of what we do. We have four key objectives:
- Food Equality: Creating access to healthy, nutritious food for everyone, with a special focus on vulnerable and hard to reach people.
- Community togetherness: Our programmes connect communities, bringing together isolated people and promoting integration and positive interaction.
- Mental health and wellbeing; Through our programmes we support people to develop resilience, confidence and general wellbeing.
- Employability; Our aim is to train people in professional catering and front of house skills and also to create employment opportunities within our company.
The Shared Plate was founded in 2017, by Niaomh Convery and Megan Nash to develop food programmes that worked to tackle issues affecting society. We believe that food is a powerful tool and has the ability to engage and connect all people. The programmes are funded by a catering company providing high end service, with locally sourced and ethicalproduce. Essentially creating a system where consumers were able to ‘give back’ through their purchasing.
Since founding the project, we have run successful programmes with inner city youth from London, Bristol and Devon. We have worked in collaboration with a refugee charity providing both a cooking and growing programme and our latest project Chop ‘n’ Chat (currently hosted at the Red Cafe) that works with the Swansea community, promoting community connection is now in it’s ninth month of running with over twenty local participants.
2020 sees us opening a cafe and community space to continue our work and become more deeply rooted in Mumbles and the wider Swansea community. We want to create a hub where all types of people can come and feel part of a broader connected society. We are passionate about creating opportunities and a voice for marginalised people and communities as a whole. One strand of our proposal is to create a training programme specifically aimed at young people that provides accredited training in the kitchen and front of house, with a view to 30% of our staff being employed through this programme within the next 5 years.
We would also run programmes, focused on our four objectives, that support other vulnerable and hard to reach groups; working with partnership organisations to ensure a high level of pastoral care.
The Cafe would be a fantastic opportunity to expand the work we do; not only in terms of outreach but also the catering (which funds the project!). We are excited by the idea of having a permanent space where we would provide excellent coffee and a simple menu, changed weekly and largely sourced from surplus food (Fareshare). We would aim to compete with the other local eateries by offering competitive take-away options at lunch time as well as delicious eat-in meals that will be seasonal, ethical and affordable, some of the vegetables will even be grown at our local community garden!
We plan to integrate the community every step of the way, finding out what they would like to see and do in the space and have already made good connections with some of the young mothers in the area. We will open in the evenings on Friday and Saturday with a bistro style restaurant. There are a host of possibilities around evening opening, from youth led open mic nights to a weekly Cultural Kitchen with food cooked by our Refugee women’s group programme, as well as offering the space for community ideas and projects.
Niaomh and Annie will be co- managing the project. Both have extensive experience in the field, Annie has a qualification in adult learning and experience with catering and yoga retreats and Niaomh has been a chef for over 15 years, previously co-managing a busy London Cafe and managing the kitchen in a fast paced land based learning centre. For the last 5 years she has been using food to facilitate groups and discussions in everything from mental health and well-being to food politics.
Food and people are at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to creating lasting impact and change for the Swansea community.