What is Planet Leicester Bakers?

Planet Leicester Bakers harnesses the power of handmade bread to bring local communities closer together, by giving people the chance to learn, work and have fun together with bread dough. It is a business with social purpose and community at its heart.

What we do

Planet Leicester Bakers looks for opportunities to use and exploit bread baking in creative ways in local communities.  It started as a micro-bakery, making and selling bread from the home doorstep. Funding was swiftly secured for its first community project, ‘Sharing Bread’.  The project trained people across Leicestershire in basic bread-making and encouraged them to share their bread-making skills with others.

Tailored Services (for example private bread training, team building, public speaking), bread sales through the micro-bakery and grant funding combine to support the community work.  Planet Leicester Bakers is always on the lookout for new partners and new ways of working.

Founder of Planet Leicester Bakers, Michelle Stratford, pitching for funding at Leicestershire County Hall.

Michelle Stratford, Founder, pitching for funding at Leicestershire County Council

Who we are

Why we do it

Planet Leicester Bakers has been created and driven forward by its founder, Michelle Stratford. Michelle has many years of experience in working for, with and in communities of common interest.  This work has involved helping people to tackle personal and community problems and challenges, as well as advocating for positive change.  She has a passion for finding new ways of working that engage and excite people.  The humble loaf of bread does just that!

Where we do it

Planet Leicester Bakers is based and works in Leicester City and Leicestershire.  However, we are always interested in taking our ideas to other places and to work with other people – geographical boundaries are no barrier.  If you like what you see get in touch, no matter where you are.

Latest News

Read how we Baked a Difference in the community!

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Baking a Difference has been a fantastic community bread project to bad-report-covercreate and deliver in collaboration with Learning for the Fourth Age (L4A).

Over several months Planet Leicester Bakers, with L4A’s staff and volunteers, delivered 12 sessions in 3 very different residential settings for older people: a care home, nursing home and sheltered housing.

We are now delighted to share our full end of pilot project review.

We believe there is much potential for extending the project and we will be seeking further funding and opportunities to do so.

For a flavour of the project, watch this one minute video.

Questions and comments are always welcome, so do get in touch.

And if you or your organisation would be interested in collaborating with Planet Leicester Bakers then please start a conversation.

Baking a Difference was funded by the Big Lottery.