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‘Outstanding’: Funder’s Verdict on Latest Project

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Planet Leicester Bakers is delighted with the response of ‘outstanding’ from funders Time to Change Leicester to our latest community project. The idea for Leicester Bread Clubs was first promoted in edition 3 of Planet Leicester News in  2017. The project report (available as a PDF here) details the first Leicester Bread Clubs project, which has been developed and delivered in partnership with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.

The funders were delighted with the report as well, feeling that it was ‘incredibly comprehensive’ and ‘a great mix of statistics and stories that captured the impact the project has had for service users’. The media release gives a flavour of the success of the project: Read More

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.

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.

Gelato Bites: The Great Flavour Off!

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Planet Leicester Bakers is delighted to have been invited to team up with multi-award winning Gelato Village in Leicester for their unique Gelato Bites event on February 21st.

Gelato Village: The finest Italian gelato in the land!

Gelato Village: The finest Italian gelato in the land!

Gelato Village makes and sells the most amazing real Italian gelato, using the finest ingredients. The founders originate from Turin and inspired Planet Leicester Bakers to join the Slow Food Movement last year.  They are committed to the local community and to promoting excellent quality local food. Like Planet Leicester Bakers, The Bee Farmer’s honey is used and sold by them as well. Laura from Gelato Village, explained about the new Gelato Bites events:

“Our Gelato Bites events are a series of talks and tastings with local producers and suppliers showing excellence in ingredient production and artisan food creation in the city and county.”

February’s event will be very exciting as it offers a ‘Flavour Off’ between gelato and bread! The two businesses have challenged each other to use chosen flavour combinations to produce their gelato and bread.  The guests will then decide which form they prefer the flavours in!

Tickets are a snip at £10, including tasting. The event starts at 6pm at Gelato Village. Visit the ticket site HERE for more info and to buy your tickets – be quick as they are limited and already being snapped up!

Sourdough September: Time for Sourdough Toast & Tea Together!

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It’s that sourdough time of year again! September sees the annual celebration of the purest leavened bread. One that contains just 3 simple ingredients as a base: flour, water, salt. As a supporter of the Real Bread Campaign, this year Planet Leicester Bakers is promoting ‘Sourdough Toast and Tea Together Events’ for community groups and charities. Read all about it in the info-graphic below, which you can download HERE.  It’s an opportunity to get together with others and chat about our food and our bread – the stuff of life!  Some simple information is on offer to get the conversations going!

We are talking about REAL Sourdough – not the stuff you find with a ‘sourdough’ label in many shops and supermarkets. It is made slowly over at least 24 hours from wild Leicester yeast – Starter Bob – who is 2.5 years old and counting.  If you have a keen bread baker in your group they can go for option 2, or you can arrange greatly reduced price 400g toasting loaves from Planet Leicester Bakers.  Lots of ways to get in touch – so drop me a line!

Michelle2 Infographic for Sourdough Sept 2016

The EU Referendum Result, Togetherness and the Business of Bread

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Planet Leicester Bakers has been created and carefully nurtured with very clear aims and principles.  At the very core of the business is a desire to use and exploit a common, much loved food stuff, to bring people together.  People from differing communities of common interest, not just those identified by ethnic or religious characteristics.  To build strength, mutual support, togetherness and understanding.

Exploiting bread to bring communities together

Exploiting bread to bring communities together

Along the way it is an opportunity to raise awareness of modern food production, to encourage people to question the food choices they make, and to empower people to take more control over their food and therefore their health and wellbeing; food really is the most basic stuff of life.

Not only that. For me, and therefore my very small business, to be truly part of a wide, diverse community demands building understanding and working together. It’s a no-brainer.  Whether that is at local, national, European or global level. And by doing so you reap benefits for yourself and others. Read More