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09 November, 2021
We are delighted to announce that we were recognised as ‘Highly Commended' in the Social Enterprise Awards, Social Enterprise of the Year category. This award was a first for the Social Enterprise Awards as our dedicated work in the fight against food poverty couldn't go without recognition from the Judges. We were one of five incredible organisations to be nominated and give their huge congratulations to Locavore for their win.
The Social Enterprise Awards Scotland are a real opportunity for Social Enterprises such as The Larder to showcase their incredible work within the Social Enterprise Sector. These awards showcase the agility, ability and active role this sector can play in building places, supporting communities and making a positive impact on our environment and wellbeing. Those shortlisted represent the incredible work that organisations have done in one of their toughest years.
Like many social enterprises, we faced potential closure as face-to-face working and trading across the world stopped. The pandemic tested us as a team and despite the fact that no job was safe, we did not hesitate in doing everything we could to continue our services. The team moved tuition online, where possible, and in response to the closure of cafes, redesigned our food poverty project, Catalyst Kitchen, to a delivery model. Despite the many hurdles, The Larder had a staggeringly successful year; supporting 199 young people in training and delivering over 115,000 meals to people experiencing food insecurity. It is for this reason that we have been awarded as ‘Highly Commended’ as our dedication, passion and drive for social change has proved life-changing and through strong leadership, we have grown to be the most successful training provider in West Lothian; in one of the world’s most challenging years.
Angela Moohan, CEO at The Larder said: “We are so proud to have been awarded this accolade, the first-ever Highly Commended to be awarded by Social Enterprise Scotland judges. We know that The Larder changes lives for the most disadvantaged and this award pays tribute to the hard work and dedication of our amazing team of staff and volunteers. This recognition at a national level, along with the feedback that we get from the people that we support, tells us that we are doing the right things at this very challenging time. We would be unable to do any of our work without the support of our partners and funders so a huge thank you to all of them”
To find out more about The Larder’s services, you can head to our social media pages @LarderTraining. You can also check out the other successful organisations by heading to https://socialenterpriseawards.scot/