The Food 4 Thought Café is a social enterprise based in Stafford. Many of the café’s employees are living with and recovering from mental illness. By having a place to work, a more rigid life structure, and more a regular routine, many people have a chance to rebuild their self-esteem, regain confidence and gain new skills.

Employee’s own personal journey of recovery also inspires service users visiting the cafe. We continue to reverse the stigma associated with mental health issues by showing the normality that can be restored to those affected by mental illness issues, whilst providing high quality service to the community.

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Case Studies

WISE Ability has been providing specialist employment services to jobseekers since 1992.
Some of our jobseekers share their story..

Struggling with severe symptoms of agoraphobia, Gemma lacked confidence, was non-verbal and highly anxious about communicating, to the point where she could not leave her own home without the company of her friend. Eighteen months later, and with the help of WISE Ability’s Work Programme, Gemma is now able to travel to and from her appointments and engage in her community independently.

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Gemma

Customer - Work Programme

For many years Martin battled drug addiction and was on the path to becoming a career criminal. He found his way back from the brink and now empowers others in his role as Trainee Branch Coordinator with WISE Ability where he gives powerful insight into positive change to disadvantaged people and those with disability.

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Martin

Trainee Branch Co-ordinator