Stoke Newington bakery supports vulnerable women

Luminary Bakery provides training and jobs for women who are struggling with single motherhood, have faced domestic violence or homelessness, or who have a criminal record.

Originally located at the back of Husk Coffee Shop in east London’s Limehouse, the social enterprise is now planning to move to a larger space in Stoke Newington, in the north east of the city. The new space will have a larger kitchen, a café area, a special area for mothers and children, and a downstairs training room for students.

Founder Alice Boyle is currently raising money through crowdfunding website Kickstarter, in order to pay for the building work needed to open the new space. So far they have just over £3,000 of their £15,000 target.

Realising their dreams

They said: “By investing in and releasing them to realise their dreams, through training, employment and community, we aim to break the generational cycles of abuse, prostitution, criminal activity and poverty.”

As an extra incentive, donators are being offered free baked goods if they pledge £10, and a host of other lures, including bread-making masterclasses for those who pledge £250.

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