Eventful Bread and the Peabody Trust bring about positive social change through bread

Eventful Bread and the Peabody Trust bring about positive social change through bread

Posted on 11. Jan, 2013 by in Bread and conversation, Bread Angels

Lisa Wilson, recipient of an O2 Think Big award, is a Virtuous Bread Bread Angel and the founder of Eventful Bread.  She has sent bread reports to us from far away India where she was making roti in a school for deaf girls, and is now working closer to home.  She writes from South London where she is working her bread magic in partnership with The Peabody Trust, one of the largest housing associations in London.  In doing so she is enabling Virtuous Bread to achieve its objective to effect positive social change through bread and for this she gets our gratitude and pride.

This is the first of a series of posts she has written for us about how bread is changing lives in South London, she writes:

"A growing number of housing associations are are setting up  social enterprises with the people in their neighbourhoods to tackle social problems and improve communities.  Housing associations are also working with social enterprises like Virtuous Bread to effect positive social change one person at a time.

Peabody is one of the largest social housing providers in London, as well as being a provider of community programmes for its residents. These include employment and training programmes, health and wellbeing initiatives, activities for young and older people, welfare benefits advice, and financial inclusion and family support programmes.

‘Activate London’ is a Peabody health and wellbeing programme and, as part of this scheme, Peabody is sponsoring Virtuous Bread classes at its community hub, The Gateway Centre in Southwark, for local residents to:

- improve self identity and resilience to external stress, both emotionally and physically
- strengthen communication and team building skills
- enhance knowledge and skills regarding fitness, exercise, healthy eating, and mental health
- develop skills that will lead directly to an employment, education or training opportunity

The Basic Bread Course was open to local residents of The Gateway Centre and attracted people from all walks of life.  Some were new to cookery and had never baked bread before, some had baked bread as children and wanted to regain valuable skills, and some attended the class with the goal of meeting new people in their area.  All expressed a keen interest in bread baking and a strong desire to participate in the Bread Angel course to set up and run a small baking business from home.  The participants came away with delicious loaves of bread to share, new skills and knowledge, inspiration and a sense of pride, both in themselves and in their community."

More to come on the individual participants over the next few days...

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