Attendees at the Patient Information Forum event last week warmly welcomed the concept of using bread to engage people around health. The event, ‘Reaching and Engaging Hard to Reach Groups in the Provision of Health Information’, was a fascinating day of presentations from health communications professionals. The focus was particularly people and communities that are perhaps easier to ignore and I was delighted to be asked to attend and present with Jenny Hand, CEO of Reaching People.
Community bread projects; Bread training, activities, talks; Bread sales from Planet Leicester Bakers.
PLANET LEICESTER BAKERS harnesses the power of handmade bread to bring local communities closer together. We give people the chance to learn, work and have fun together with bread dough. It is a business with community at its heart.
Who we are
Planet Leicester Bakers was founded by Michelle Stratford in 2014. The first flagship community project, ‘Sharing Bread’ quickly followed in 2015 with funding from Leicestershire County Council. Further funding and initial support was secured from the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Startup Programme with the School for Social Entrepreneurs (Midlands).
Watch the video and read more about Michelle and the business by visiting the ‘About’ page.
What we do
Planet Leicester Bakers seeks opportunities to use and exploit bread baking in creative ways in local communities. The business aims to use good bread to:
Bring communities together
Improve physical and mental health and wellbeing
Increase understanding of good food and its benefits
Empower people through bread training and knowledge sharing
Tailored Services (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.
Visit the contact page to make an enquiry, or reach us via any of the social media icons at the foot of any page.
Hi Michelle, the bread is delicious! My mom who was visiting thought the same 🙂
Svenja, walnut sourdough customer
Why we do it
Planet Leicester Bakers has been created and driven by its founder, Michelle Stratford.
Michelle has 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. A humble loaf of good bread does just that!
Background photo credit: Corporate Motion
“Great bread. Brilliant idea!”
Lesley, workshop attendee and bread customer.
Where We Do It
Planet Leicester Bakers is based and works in the UK Midlands historic city of Leicester and county of 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.