Changing Lives Kent CIC was set up in October 2013 by Val Conway as a social enterprise and community interest company. The mission of the company is to offer employment, training and mentoring opportunities for disadvantaged and socially excluded people trying to rehabilitate back into society through a viable business.
The catering and hospitality opportunities arise from “Oh Crumbs”. “Oh Crumbs” operates from Edmonton House which is situated in an industrial estate in Folkestone. It offers work experience, apprenticeships and employment opportunities within its catering and hospitality business. Sandwiches, salads, cakes and hot food are prepared early each morning by a team who then go and sell to local businesses.
Founder Val, noticed a common theme in modern day society, in that funding and support are available for when people are in crisis and/or need support within a specialist team at the beginning of their rehabilitation. However, as people work towards independence there is very little in the way of support and or employment. Changing Lives Kent CIC aims to offer opportunities to disadvantaged groups but only after assessment and multi-disciplinary team review. Individuals have to be motivated and ready for change and commitment. Val has an experienced team and a track record of achievement and success in her projects both socially and at work. She has a passion and unlimited enthusiasm to develop people to their full potential.
Val now wants to spread her passion for helping and supporting her community by setting up a community cafe in MIND, Folkestone. With Val’s experience and contacts, Changing Lives Kent CIC are able to offer expertise and support to make this venture a real success for all involved.
The Walker Construction Trust have granted Val with £1,000 to purchase equipment and training. Val has vast experience working as a specialist chronic pain nurse within the NHS, in offender units, substance misuse units and alongside mental health teams and social services. Val has an experienced team and a track record of achievement and success in her projects both socially and at work. She has a passion and unlimited enthusiasm to develop people to their full potential.