Our vision

There are large numbers of unemployed people surviving on benefits, but who genuinely want to work. Unfortunately, the reality is that due to circumstances, decisions, the benefits system, and a whole range of social issues, many of these people can't get that first step on the employment ladder.


They are the 'long term unemployed' and the longer they are out of work, the less likely it is that an employer will give them a chance.


I have seen the reality of this in the lives of some people who go to the same church as me (Grace Church), and have felt compelled to set up Fruitful Oaks.


Fruitful Oaks gives someone a part-time opportunity to prove themselves, become more employable, and find a full-time job. And it works! Click here to visit the Fruitful Oaks testimonies page and see what past employees did after leaving Fruitful Oaks.


Thank you for your support of Fruitful Oaks. The work you continue to provide makes a real difference in people's lives.


Matt Parfitt - Founder of Fruitful Oaks


If you're wondering where the name Fruitful Oaks comes from - in the Bible the prophet Isaiah talks about disadvantaged people and says:


'They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendour.' Isaiah 61v3


I want to see people change, able to stand tall like an oak tree, and bearing fruit for all around to see.


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