Baking Real Bread can - and does - help change people's lives.
Baking a better future, one loaf at a time!
Behind nutritious and delicious Real Bread, the process of baking by hand offers therapeutic, social and employment opportunities to the people crafting it. Together We Rise is our initiative working to ensure that these benefits can be enjoyed by many more people who, for one reason or another, have a tougher time than many of us.
There are many small, local, independent enterprises and initiatives in the UK and elsewhere that help people to benefit from Real Bread making. Most, however, operate in isolation and not always with adequate recognition or support. As such their learning and success tends not to be shared widely or remains virtually unrecorded.
Building on the findings of our Rising Up up report and Bethlem Baking Buddies pilot project, Together We Rise aims to help turn ‘islands of good practice’ into a landscape where the employment, social and educational opportunities of making bread by hand are available to thousands more people, and therapeutic/mindful Real Bread making is available on prescription.
The inclusive nature of the Campaign means that we're working to ensure Together We Rise helps as many people as possible.
We have seen Real Bread making helping people facing challenges including:
Great work is being done around the UK and beyond involving Real Bread making.
We have made contact with many enterprises and initiatives, learning examples of good practice and success they've had - what funders tend to call 'evidence of benefit.' We would love to hear from more!
We're now working towards creating guidance and training to help more charities, not-for-profit groups, social enterprises and other organisations to include Real Bread making for the benefit of people facing the sort of challenges listed above.
Throughout the project the Campaign welcomes people running and benefitting from Real Bread enterprises and initiatives to join our mutually-supportive international network.
Since 2013, we have come across more than 50 enterprises/organisations that use Real Bread making (or cooking or other crafts with which parallels can be drawn) in their work with people having a tougher time than many of us. They include:
Better Health Bakery
Big River Bakery
Companions Real Bread
Hot Bread Kitchen
Knead Good Bread
Planet Leicester Bakers
Rise/Providence Row Bakery
San Patrignano Bakery
We've also published several personal stories:
Run an enterprise / initiative that uses bread making / baking for good?
We'd love to hear and help share your story. Please email us a short line
Benefitted from a social/therapeutic bread/baking enterprise / initiative?
If baking bread has helped you face challenges in life*, feel free to share your experience on social media using #TogetherWeRise hashtag.
If you might be interested in writing your story for us to publish, please email us a short line or two of how you have benefitted and we'll tell you more.
*For example, battling depression, anxiety or other mental health issues; recovering from injury/illness; finding work as a differently-abled person; seeking companionship with people facing similar challenges to yours; finding your place in the workforce and world in general after time in the services or prison; disempowerment; rising above prejudice; setting up your own business when the cards life dealt were stacked against you...
Here are some of the things that will really help the Real Bread Campaign to run Together We Rise:
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Other sources of income
We are always open to suggestions of other sources of income and offers of help to secure these.