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About Us

Be Enriched is a youth and community charity set up in 2013 focused on supporting and developing the community alongside the community.
Based in South London we develop programs which balance inequalities whilst building community cohesion and developing skills in young people.

Our Story
Be Enriched was set up to run ErasmusPlus projects, taking disadvantaged young people from Scotland and England to countries in Europe in order to develop transferable skills, tolerance, volunteering opportunities and a new perspective of life.
However we realised that young offenders were unable to take part in these projects also needed to be given an alternative to the normal reparations and so we set up our first Community Canteen in Tooting. After 3 months we saw a reduction in the re-offending rates of the youth, moving them on to apprenticeships. The experience showed us that people were in need of the safe space that the canteen provided, so we continued to run and grow the project.

We believe in enriching local life through connecting people, cultivating respect, whilst sharing skills and developing community initiatives. We operate in a non oppressive manner and use a whole community approach to our work.


COO and Cooksforce project Leader

Natalie is a established youth and charity development worker. Having worked in both the statuatory and voluntary sector for many years she believes in the power of communities to be bring about lasting effective change.
Natalie will be working to develop the strategy of the organisation as well as leading the CooksForce project.


CEO and Founder

Kemi is a qualified Youth Worker and Volunteer Manager, with over 18 years of experience working with young people and communities. With a strong background in third sector work she has worked with Lambeth and Wandsworth youth offending services, Islington Council, Coram, The Fostering Network, Wandsworth 16+ service. She is co-chair of the Lambeth food Partnership and facilitates the Wandsworth Food partnership. She has postgraduate qualifications in Psychology, Advocacy and Therapeutic communication and is a Tedx Alumni 2017. Kemi believes in the power of consultation and participation of communities in local services and develops all projects around this.

She can mainly be found working hard to develop youth friendly ventures.


Canteen's Project Leader

Jess has a passion for food, sustainability, conservation and community development. She graduated with a master's degree in Gastronomy from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, the home of the global slow-food movement. It was there that she further developed her interest in sustainable food systems, particularly focused on reducing food waste and working towards a just and equitable system that promotes good, clean and fair food.
Jess is an enthusiastic cook (and eater) and is a firm believer that food and cooking can not only be used as a means to nourish, but should aim to bring people together, raise awareness, and connect people to nature and the wider community.

Jess has worked Global Generation and the Skip Garden Cafe.



Canteen's Project Leader and Media and Communications Leader
Saira is qualified in International development and has worked with various communities across London from Nepalese gardeners in Plumstead to young skaters in Fulham, on various oral history, arts and environmental projects. She is the founder of a visual history project. Saira works with Jess to deliver the Canteens project across three boroughs.
And leads in the media and comms of the organisation


Volunteer Manager

Lizzy has a background in the hospitality industry working for Carluccios and the Breakfast club before joining the Be Enriched team.

Lizzy supports our volunteers to have the best experience at one of our projects and supports corporate groups to get involved.



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Shortlisted for a Community Award 2016 Finalist for Most Sustainable Street food Vendor and Innovation Awards 2016
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