New social enterprise is Nourishing People with snacks

A social enterprise based in South Leeds has taken a major step forward in giving experience and opportunities to people with learning disabilities who are seeking employment as the first batch of their healthy snack products have hit various outlets in Leeds.

Nourishing People is a new business and employment initiative launched by People Matters a few months ago. People Matters is a voluntary sector organisation based in Holbeck working with people with learning disabilities. Nourishing People provides employment and business training and experience for people with learning disabilities as part of our project to produce high quality and healthy snacks for sale in the workplace and through retail outlets.

The snacks have been created by course members and include: Banana Loaf, Spice and Rice, Superstars and Tropical Paradise. Each is a different combination of fruits, nuts or savoury products. They are ideal for a mid-morning snack, part of a packed lunch, or with an evening drink at a pub or bar.

The current selection of four recipes give both sweet and savoury options and the production, marketing and distribution of the snacks has given the trainees an experience of work in a number of different areas of business which will stand them and any future employer in good stead.

A number of major employers have offered to sell Nourishing People products in their offices through an honesty box system and we have also secured the support of some pubs and cafes. We are always looking for more outlets and for firms that would consider offering employment to our trainees.

Contact People Matters on (0113) 234 6896 or email


This post was written by David Green using our Create an article for South Leeds Life page.