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About Be Enriched

Be Enriched was formed in September 2013 by a group of youth workers, arts professionals and young people to provide others the opportunity to develop skills and improve community cohesion through training and volunteering opportunities. 

Together the group started the Canteens Project, a short-term activity to provide young offenders with an alternative community service opportunity. After a month, with 40 regulars and utilising a huge amount of surplus food, those involved could clearly see that there was an ongoing need for food and friendship in the community.

Now, Be Enriched has expanded to three Community Canteens serving over 3,000 meals in 2022, working with 650 volunteers. The team also runs the unique Food Bus, providing low-cost food in Lambeth and Wandsworth, while helping to tackle holiday hunger with Kids Clubs when schools are closed.

Find out more about Be Enriched's activities in the latest Annual Report.

Our Awards

We are always delighted to see our efforts in the community recognised:

  • November 2023 - British Nutrition Foundation’s Drummond Community Award winner, for Be Enriched's remarkable endeavours in addressing the issue of healthier eating among vulnerable groups

  • April 2022 - Food Bus Highly Commended in the Innovation category of the Social Value Awards

  • November 2022 - One of our volunteers (Bridget) received a Wandsworth Civic Award, in recognition of everything she does at our Community Canteen, and elsewhere in the borough

  • March 2023 - Julie, our Community Canteen Leader, was Highly Commended at the Balham and Tooting Community Heroes Awards

About us: Mission

Past Projects



Graveney Village Network

EU Youth Projects


Kidsplay Family Drama worked with families in the East of Glasgow with babies and children up to age 4 and their families. It particularly focussed on families with neuro-diverse children and provided a healthy food with each session.

A neighbourhood network of local people that live, study or volunteer in the Graveney (the former name for Tooting Broadway) areas of Wandsworth and Merton with the  aim of connecting people build community.

Annual Street Party, JAAM - Jam and preserve making workshops, Litter picking, community yoga, Grow your own food.

We worked with young people of all and took part in many Erasmus youth projects on themes ranging from Clowning to Waste to Oppressed peoples. 

Sharing Economy v Waste culture, Loondon

European Act with Pride, Palermo,

Acting Out - Newbridge, Ireland

Welcome to Petralia Sottana, Sicily

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