Homebaked is a community land trust and co-operative bakery situated on the boundary between the neighbourhoods of Everton and Anfield, just opposite the Liverpool Football Club. The project is co-owned and co-produced by people who live and work in our area. Starting from having saved our iconic neighbourhood bakery from demolition and developed it into a thriving community-run business with a beautiful apartment above we are proposing to regenerate our high street ‘brick by brick and loaf by loaf’, using money that is spent in the neighbourhood to benefit our communities.
This work is based on the simple belief that we all deserve to live well. For us that means good jobs, secure homes, great food and welcoming spaces to meet, share stories, learn and celebrate.
In 2017 we began work on the apartment above the bakery - the first homes in Homebaked.
Recently, we were awarded some funding from Power to Change to begin work on our first homes in the flats above the bakery.
To complete this work we are running a training programme from local young people in partnership with the Rotunda College. The 26 week programme will begin with the trainees building their own classroom on the market square, along with any of the things designed by participants from our community design course who have been designing the market square for the past few months. These include new planters and tables and chairs for the community to use.
The trainees will work with architects to then build the flats.
We will be posting regular stories on our blog from both the trainees working on the flats as well as the participants from the community design course - sign up for our newsletter in the footer of our website to be notified of updates.
On 28th February and 1st March 2017, Power to Change and Homebaked brought together a contingent of community organisations from across the UK and Europe to share their experiences of operating community businesses at different stages of their journey.
Power to Change is an independent charitable trust, whose funding is used to strengthen community businesses across England. The Learning Grant is the first initiative of the Empowering Places programme - a targeted funding and support programme which focuses its efforts on specific neighbourhoods to nurture community business potential. This event marked the mid-way point of the Learning Grant Programme.
When we saw the tender for the delivery of the event last November, we applied with a proposal for the kind of event that we, as people working within a community business, would feel excited to go to.
Our aim was to create an event that addresses everyone involved as a learner and an expert, where the critical friends, storytellers and facilitators stay for the entire event to share their experience, where people get to listen to stories and tell their own, where we share hands-on knowledge, challenges and ideas gained from our day-to-day work and have lots of informal time to have conversations, create lasting relationships with our peers and - not to forget - eat good food and have a dance.
We made sure all the provision for the event from transport and food to the venue, was run and serviced by local community or social businesses, thus trialling a live example of community partnerships and social supply chain in action.
We collaborated with the team behind Ethos magazine with the aspiration to create a 'learning document' that is full of resources; a captivating read and looks so good you want to keep it on your mantelpiece for people to find (and take).
But most importantly we wanted to create the opportunity for the participants to have some time to reflect and gain a fresh perspective on their place and their work, feel nurtured by the knowledge that they are part of a wider network and go home with renewed energy for delivering change in their community.
We know from the feedback received that our event was very much appreciated, and we want to thank all attendees for the incredible genero sity with which they approached each other and the format. We learned so much from you all.
A big thank you to Power to Change for putting its trust in us and for all the support along the way. Of course we would love to do this kind of thing ourselves again, iron out some kinks and try out some new things.
But actually, what we want the most is for learning to be delivered more often on a grassroots level and for more organisations like ours to take the opportunity to create the kind of event that they would like to go to. So, see you next time in Sheffield or Luton or Rostanga. We are looking forward to it.
Text taken from People Power, the learning document produced in partnership with Ethos Magazine. See more at www.ethos-magazine.com
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'This is not about gentrification’: the pie shop reviving an Anfield street
As Liverpool FC’s Anfield stadium gleams in the April sunshine, the abandoned, steel-shuttered houses cowering in its shadow serve as a poignant reminder of the impact developments can have on their host communities.
But in the unassuming bakery at the end of the terrace lies the heart of a movement working to transform this run-down area back into the vibrant neighbourhood residents remember.
The Homebaked cooperative bakery is in prime position to sell pies to some of the 40,000 football fans who come to the Anfield stadium on an average match day. What its customers might not realise is that in the back room of the Victorian premises a group of locals have cooked up a plan to transform the empty properties next door into 26 high-quality, affordable flats....
Read the full article at https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/apr/19/gentrification-liverpool-anfield-football-stadium-affordable-homes-cooperative-bakery-community