I work for the Refugee Council where we support people who have been forced to leave their home countries and seek protection here in the UK. My role involves helping people to resettle after this traumatic period in their lives.
One day an amazing woman called Liz got in touch and told me about her passion for bread making and how this could be a useful way to engage refugee women who may not have traditional qualifications or careers but may have skills in cooking and baking which could be explored and developed. Liz suggested that the Refugee Council might like to take up this idea as a way of supporting these isolated women. This would be an interesting way of offering women the chance to socialise and meet new people and would also help them to learn new skills, gain confidence and help them move into employment. Ultimately our organisation’s work is about supporting people to rebuild their lives and offer them a brighter more secure future.
I loved the idea of women from around the world coming together to create bread influenced by their own cultures. At the same time offering them the chance to meet new people in a warm and supportive environment who had been through similar experiences of forced migration. I felt sure this was an idea that could work.
We are starting from scratch with a lot of work to do. As yet we have no funding but we are determined to make this happen. We would love you to follow our progress.
Watch this space. Andrew