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Baking a Difference: A new community project



For immediate release: 26.01.17



Learning for the Fourth Age, in a new collaboration with Planet Leicester Bakers, has secured Awards for All funding for an exciting new project, ‘Baking a Difference’.  The project will be piloted in care home and sheltered housing settings during 2017.

Baking a Difference will exploit the loveliness of bread to bring people together in residential settings through a range of bread themed activities.  The initial project will consist of two 6 week programmes for residents who wish to take part.

Michelle Stratford, Founder of Planet Leicester Bakers, explains:

“ Bread is a wonderful vehicle for bringing people together and engaging in non-competitive, fun activities.  Working and shaping dough can be very relaxing, as well as physically beneficial, while bread can also be a lovely subject to help start conversations. Planet Leicester Bakers is delighted to be able to work with highly regarded Learning for the Fourth Age in developing and bringing this project to people who often don’t readily have the access, knowledge or the confidence to take part in bread activities. ”

Programme planning is already underway.  Activities will range from story-telling and reminiscing to actual hands-on dough work.  It is also hoped that some residents may take up the challenge to create, care for and bake with their own sourdough starter, or ‘wild yeast’.  Some studies have indicated that providing the opportunity to nurture a living thing can enhance wellbeing.

Melissa March, Founder and CEO of Learning for the Fourth Age, commented:

“ Learning for the Fourth Age is very excited to be able to bring such an innovative project to some of the settings in which we work.  We already offer a range of learning activities for residents, including art and crafts, storytelling and computer skills, and to introduce the theme of bread will be very interesting.  It holds the possibility of further improving residents’ wellbeing and social engagement. ”



  • Further information and interviews:

Melissa March, Learning for the Fourth Age. Mobile: 07545 842315

Michelle Stratford, Planet Leicester Bakers. Mobile: 07816 178022

  • Learning for the Fourth Age was established 10 years ago. Research shows that learning in the later stages of life can boost confidence, give residents a more positive outlook on life and delay on the onset of dementia. L4A believes that there is a gap in provision of educational and learning services to people who live in care homes and seeks to address this gap.

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  • Established in 2014, award winning Planet Leicester Bakers seeks to bring communities of common interest across Leicester and Leicestershire closer together through exploiting the extraordinary power of handmade bread. Offers include training, community projects, micro-bakery sales, team building and public speaking. In 2015-16 the Sharing Bread project offered basic bread training in community settings across Leicestershire.

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  • Awards for All has funded the Baking a Difference project. It is a Big Lottery fund, offering small grants for grassroots and community activity that aims to improve life for local people and neighbourhoods.

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