Community bread work
with
Planet Leicester Bakers

Planet Leicester Bakers has created a successful track record of community projects with bread across Leicester and Leicestershire. Blatantly exploiting the loveliness of this global, well-loved food, the projects bring communities together to build connections and understanding.

Through effective community partnership working, poor mental health, dementia, elders’ physical health and loneliness have been just of the health and wellbeing issues bread making has tackled through the innovative projects featured on this page.

Desktop & tablet background photo: Lumiere Photography

Baking a Difference

Baking a Difference was a highly successful project designed and delivered by Planet Leicester Bakers in partnership with local charity Learning for the Fourth Age. The project was piloted in 2017.  We created a number of activity sessions with bread for people living in care settings. In 2018 the National Lottery awarded L4A a substantial grant to roll the project out over a year. The video, top right, together with ‘how to videos’, are the project’s legacy, available on our YouTube channel. Other Bread Angels have used these resources to engage with dementia groups in their local areas.

The activities tapped into people’s senses, as well as providing an opportunity to bring the care setting communities together and encouraging both physical and memory muscle use. 

Michelle and a care home resident concentrating hard on bread
Photo by Ursula Kelly studiosoftbox.co.uk

With thanks to Ursula Kelly (studiosoftbox.co.uk); Lumiere Photography; Anita Barrand for images and studiosoftbox.co.uk for Baking a Difference video review.

Project video review:

Pilot project video review:

End of pilot project report:

Baking a Difference report image
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Sharing Bread+

Sharing Bread+ in 2019 used bread to create safe spaces for community members to come together to discuss difficult issues facing their neighbourhoods. 

This project in particular reflected the foundations on which Planet Leicester Bakers had been built; bread has an extraordinary ability to relax and unify people. 

The bread making was a huge hit. We used the natural space within the bread making process for discussions to take place. Community staff and volunteers were trained and then ‘mentored’ in delivering sessions with their wider communities.

It had been hoped, with project partners Reaching People, to build on this initial project in 2020 but the pandemic has disrupted this plan. Hopefully we will revisit it in the near future.

To learn more about this innovative project and others on the page, just drop Planet Leicester Bakers a line via the enquiry page.

Young women buttering buns they have made
Women happy with their bread

Bread project consultancy service

Planet Leicester Bakers is committed to sharing skills and experience in order to grow community bread projects around and beyond Leicester and Leicestershire.

If you like what you see on this site and you would like to start a conversation about collaboration then please don’t hesitate to enquire.

Leicester Bread Clubs

Planet Leicester Bakers teamed up with Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust in 2019 and secured funding for the Leicester Bread Clubs project.

The aim was to introduce bread making as an activity backdrop for people accessing community mental health provision. People learnt something new and spent time with peers, supporting each other in the relaxed and safe space, created by the bread making.

A quote from funders about the project

NHS volunteers were trained in bread making and conversation management. Bread ‘kits’ were designed and purchased for NHS bread activities into the future.

The work still continues, delivered by volunteers, under the name ‘Knead to Chat’. It recently won an award for innovation in community health.

To hear more about this and other innovative bread projects or to start to explore ideas for your community just get in touch via the enquiry page.

Fundraising with bread

Planet Leicester Bakers uses bread in creative ways to raise funds for community projects and charities.

To date money has been raised through sales of sourdough toast, blue iced buns and spicy blueberry sourdough; sweet turtle buns and Michelle’s late aunt Ed’s favourite bread. 

Refugees, the local hospice, a local community centre and the Stephen Lawrence Trust have been the recipients. If your charity or organisation would like to team up with Michelle to raise funds, then get in touch!

Sales of sourdough toast have raised over £200 for charity partner Gorse Covert Community Centre
Thurmaston Brownie pack showing their 'dough hands'

Awareness raising

Michelle, founder of Planet Leicester Bakers, is a successful public speaker available for bookings. Bread demonstrations and activities are also offered. Please get in touch to discuss your group’s interests and needs.

Michelle at a WI talk
Demonstrating Challah shaping at the WI