Meet the West Lothian woman dedicated to transforming lives

Angela
-Credit: (Image: Lewis Houghton)


A woman from West Lothian has dedicated her life to helping those who need it.

Angela Moohan, 57, founded the award-winning social enterprise The Larder in 2010 in a bid to tackle poverty and unemployment in the county after she quit her job as a local Labour councillor.

During a cost-of-living crisis the social enterprise has continued to grow and expand - offering employment and support to those who need it most.

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Angela spent five years working as a local Labour councillor serving residents in the Livingston North Ward. She joined the campaign to retain localised services at St John’s Hospital, supporting the building of thousands of new council houses and supporting the refurbishment of the local school.

However, she found herself continuously frustrated by the constraints of elected politics and the continuous reduction of funding for local authorities. Having already established The Larder, she stood down from politics two years ago to “fight poverty and hunger with dignity”.

Angela Moohan
Angela Moohan -Credit:Lewis Houghton

She has always been passionate about developing Livingston. It is where she brought up her own family and welcomed her first grandchild. While she praises the community sprit, she has always recognised the challenges local people face with growing poverty, unemployment and a lack of positive opportunities for young people who experience trauma and have additional support needs.

Angela founded the award-winning social enterprise ‘The Larder’ in 2010 as a result of rising youth unemployment and the growing gap in skills in the hospitality sector.

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She established The Larder with a vision to fight poverty and hunger with dignity, good food, training and fair work opportunities.

It operates with a turnover close to £2 million, and employs 36 local people - with two-thirds being women and 55 per cent of staff describe themselves as being disadvantaged or having a disability. She actively encourages the employment of those with lived experience of poverty or disadvantage, to provide opportunities for 'everyone to flourish', regardless of their personal circumstances.

Over the years, the Larder has supported over 4,000 local people of all ages to date and with the recent addition of a new artisan bakery and training hub in Livingston, the business continues to show massive growth potential.

Foundation Scotland has supported The Larder for 12 years through its Social Enterprise funding, offering a blend of grant and loan finance, and through its traditional grant award programmes.

Angela Moohan, CEO, The Larder, said: “The support we’ve received from Foundation Scotland, from the very beginning of our journey at The Larder, has been critical to our growth as an organisation and ultimately to our mission of helping transform local lives.

"We set up the charity to help practically tackle rising youth unemployment in West Lothian and we know we’ve changed lives, but we couldn’t have achieved this level of success without the partnership with Foundation Scotland. It’s not just about money, it’s the guidance, understanding and above all else their belief in our mission which has helped us continue to grow and develop our support at a time when our services have never been needed more.

"Through the pandemic and now the cost-of-living crisis we have seen growing numbers of local people struggle with rising costs and we’ve put support in place so that everyone can access good food with dignity.

"Despite the economic crisis we have grown our enterprise. We have opened a thriving new community café, launched a new training and skills academy and we proudly continue to create employment opportunities, helping to transform local lives and our communities overall.

"All our proceeds stay in the West Lothian area and are used to sustain and grow our services so that everyone has the chance to reach their true potential.”

You can see more information about The Larder here.