We’ve been really lucky to have found some great partners who are as excited about the potential of this project as we are and willing to help us get this off the ground.
Flour, salt, and water. That is all you really need to make good bread. You don’t even need yeast to make sourdough. Just Bread’s partners — its metaphorical “flour, salt and water” — come in the form of some special people.
First and foremost of the partners is Andrew Lawton. We first met in March at the Refugee Council’s East London office. His expertise in employability skills development; his ability to recruit, vet and properly support jobseekers; and the backing of his organisation, the Refugee Council, were essential. It is thanks to his suggestion that our first steps toward a social enterprise will be in the form of a series of training courses in partnership with the Refugee Council.
Our instructor comes to us thanks to Jane Mason, ex-City consultant, “breaducation” expert and founder of Virtuous Bread. I first read about her good work in an article about a bread course for young adults at Peabody Housing. She suggested I contact Deb Russo. Deb is a prison lawyer with experience teaching bread making. Deb’s most interesting students are far from typical: they are prisoners at the famed Clink Restaurant in High Down Prison. Deb is smart, creative, and passionate about social justice.
Our teaching venue, the Myatt’s Field Park Community Kitchen, is just the right size and scale for our pilot course. It comes to us thanks to the generosity of the Park’s visionary Development and Education Officer, Victoria Sherwin. In addition to forging a range of exciting partnerships and running a number of educational activities, Victoria is working to develop the park’s storage depot. She sees this space which adjoins the Park’s Community Kitchen and Greenhouse as one day serving the community in the form of a fully equipped community cookery school, meeting space and small café. We are grateful for her support and intrigued by the possibilities her plans may offer us as we ourselves evolve into a social enterprise.
Please help us to make this a reality.