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Activate Learning business students launch community larder in partnership with SOFEA  

10 May 2019

six college students stand behind a table of assorted dry goods

Activate Learning business students launched a community larder in partnership with Didcot-based charity, SOFEA yesterday.

Students at City of Oxford College will be running a weekly community larder to raise money for the charity, which helps young people to build employability skills and supports them via a foodbank scheme.

Pete Reynolds, Director of Career Pathways for A-levels and Business at City of Oxford College said: “The community larder gives business students the opportunity to learn how working businesses function.

“Working alongside SOFEA helps students to realise the importance of charity organisations and how their efforts can greatly benefit their work. They learn about business by actually running a business."

Not only does this partnership benefit SOFEA, but will also give business students experience in marketing, sales and finance.

Each Thursday from 11.30am-1.30pm, business students at City of Oxford College will welcome staff and students. The community larder has a monthly membership fee of 10 pounds.

This fee allows staff and students to pick 10 items each week during that month. The items being sold have been donated by local supermarkets, benefiting the environment with a reduction in food and land fill waste.

Umair Qazi, a student at City of Oxford College said: “I heard about it through word of mouth, they have got a good range at a very reasonable price for a student. It's great to be able to save money, help landfill waste and support other student's initiatives in projects.

“I've had other friends who have joined and it's great that others can benefit across the college.”

The community larder will be an ongoing project at City of Oxford College, with hopes for it to roll out to other Activate Learning colleges.

If you would like to know more about business programmes available at Activate Learning, please visit our website or contact us on 0800 612 6008.