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.

Who we are

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Baking a Difference Funding Success!

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Absolutely thrilled to announce that Learning for the Fourth Age (L4A), our Baking a Difference project partners, have successfully secured the Big Lottery People’s Projects funding. A huge thank you to all who voted, shared and encouraged us along the way.

After two weeks of frenetic social media and postal vote activity we found out last week, with a visit to William House by ITN Central, where the news was unveiled.  Fiona Smith, the current L4A CEO, received the notice, with Melissa March who worked with Planet Leicester Bakers to create and deliver the pilot, there with her daughter and new baby – it was a true inter-generational event!

Fiona Smith, CEO at L4A, is filmed with the fantastic news.

The year long project will pick up and build on the original pilot. More care homes and sheltered housing settings will enjoy the wonders of Baking a Difference and its bread making activities. Not only that, but the project will aim to become sustainable beyond the funding. Volunteers and staff will be trained in delivering bread activities and we will be looking to bring communities outside the residential settings in to spend time with residents and bread.

Planet Leicester Bakers is delighted with the project proposal L4A submitted. It meets our purpose of exploiting the loveliness of bread to bring communities closer together; tackling loneliness and isolation and building bonds and understanding. We can’t wait to start!

William House resident John was just one of many Baking a Difference bakers who enjoyed the media visit last week.

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

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.