Mirelle Frost has decided to move into business after 30 years working in the charity sector. She is hopeful that by working in the profit making sector she will be better able to patronise and support small charities and local causes close to her heart.
Her decision to stand down as CEO after 5 years turning the charity around from £100K pa losses to break even following the recession and it’s 35th anniversary celebrations last year is a deliberate one to ensure her replacement has excellent annual accounts with a profit to kick-start funding for their new reign with new projects to help people into or back into employment.
Mirelle said “It is not easy deciding when to move on especially when your charity makes such an important impact to vulnerable people and you have made so many friends but like my predecessor Philip Lennard, I will be around to support the charity to ensure its success continues. I would like to thank trustees, staff and volunteers for their dedication and commitment to the charity over the years, which have been challenging with the current economic climate.”
- In 1982 the charity formerly known as CADET was founded in response to rising unemployment with the following objectives
- Relieve unemployment by providing training and assistance
- Assist young people in need of financial assistance to go into a trade
- Relieve persons with disabilities, mental health, drug or alcohol abuse by providing training, work experience and assistance
- In 1986 130 trainees joined the Youth Training Scheme with 90% finding employment.
- IN 1988 CadetCare was launched for 850 carers to be employed by All Seasons a subsidiary company
- In 1994 A Joinery Workshop was founded in Thanet
- In 2001 Sparkles Cleaning Company was founded
- In 2003 Enterprising Opportunities, now known as SEK was founded.
- In 2004 Appleseed Gardening Services was founded.
- In 2009 Kent Enterprise House was purchased as a head office and purpose built disabled training centre and enterprise hub support all the trading arms administrative and training requirements
- In 2011 The Kitchen and The Community Garden were opened in Thanet and Whitistable, but the following year the charity reported 120K deficit due to the difficult economic climate and restructured to a leaner model under a new CEO Philip Lennard appointed in 2012.
- In 2014 CEO Mirelle Frost was appointed and the work experience programme developed with long-term volunteer mentors and service user representatives on the Board. The Community Garden featured on BBC Radio 4 Gardeners Question Time and Garden Answers Magazine.
- In 2015 we secured a KCC Business Award and new grant funded training programmes and projects, expanding our reach in 2107 into Canterbury with a new Community Garden Training Hub and an allotment in Herne Bay.
- In 2018 we increased our apprenticeship programme with 50% securing permanent employment after their training with us. The building was repurposed for business start-up support with hundreds of people supported at each site, most of whom were under 25 and the majority reported mental health difficulties being their barrier to employment.
- In 2019 we published our accounts with a profit for the first time since the recession and invested in every member of staff having time off for wellbeing, counselling, study leave, training and/or personal development.
The Charity is now looking forward to its next phase of change under the new leadership of Keith Morris, CEO of Thanet Community Development Trust who have a very similar mission and values. The plan will be business as usual.