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.
My name is Bradley. I have done the 26-week traineeship with Homebaked Community Land Trust and Rotunda College. I am 18 years old. I grew up in Aintree and moved to Kirkdale at the age of 14. When I applied for the traineeship I had been working in a lot of different industries, like business admin, HR and in the end, I found myself stuck in a dead-end bar job. I am quite academic when I put my head to it, but at school I found myself feeling very dis-interested after my parents split and relocating to an area which felt sort of foreign to me at the time. As a result of all this my GCSEs weren’t very good which limited my opportunities for further education.
I started volunteering at a family business, Lady Justice UK when I left school. For me, this was where everything really began. I was taught everything I needed to know about the world of work and the link between employability and volunteering. This placement was a key turning point for me.
I then started volunteering at Liverpool Homeless Football Club, where I met another volunteer Angela McKay, who also works at Homebaked and recommended the new project starting there. She thought it would be a great opportunity for me to find out what I love and kick start a career. I applied and after an intense interview process was chosen as one of three trainees.
I loved my time with Homebaked. First of all I learnt straight construction skills and then working with the principal designer I realized that I have ideas in my head that I can communicate through something I design. I get really excited and have to put my ideas into a shape. This is the first time I came across something I really want to do as a profession. The coaching sessions from Britt Jurgensen at Homebaked helped me to focus and make an action plan. I am now at evening college to do GCSEs again. I did extensive research about each university I wanted to go to and how I am going to get there. The other thing I found with my time at Homebaked and Rotunda is a real excitement of working with all kinds of different people and the feel of being part of a community. I have volunteered many places before, but in this time, I realized community work is something professionals can do and that I could be a designer and still use my skills to work for the benefit of communities.
Homebaked and Rotunda helped me to find placements at an Architects practice in Liverpool. I have recently finished my placement at Condy Lofthouse Architects where I learned how to use various CAD software and I got a real insight on what an architect does day by day (which made me even more excited). I work between Rotunda and Homebaked CLT at the moment supporting them with community engagement and communications and especially getting young people to be a part of their local community.
Once I had brewed my thoughts a little, I decided I wanted to go to Central Saint Martins, London. I was constantly on the internet researching a route in to CSM, then I found the ‘Foundation Diploma in Art & Design’ and after reading the course page extensively, I slowly got to the bottom where I saw the deadline was two days away. In a state of panic, I wrote my full application and pressed submit, to then receive an email saying, “you have 5 days to submit a 20-page portfolio of your work”. Panic resumed. But then Britt and I sat down together and talked through the work I had done over the last year and how I could present that and I realized that I actually had a great amount of content for the portfolio. I finally understood why she made us take photos of everything we had been making. I started to piece everything together and submitted my portfolio with no time to spare. It was actually a great process, thinking about everything I had learned.
I knew this uni is one of the most prestige schools of architecture in the country and there was a high chance my application wouldn’t be acknowledged.
A few weeks later, surprisingly, I got an email inviting me for a ‘full group portfolio review’ at CSM. I was due to go to Italy at the same time with my family, so I had to re-arrange my flights. This was when it began to feel real. I was really worried about the ‘group’ aspect of it. Who was going to be there? Would they all be from an arts background with lots of amazing sketch books? But I tried to block any doubts from entering my mind.
I printed and bound my portfolio and got on the train to London. I was planning to wait nearby the university to do some last-minute prepping. I saw a tutor and they got me in to the earlier interview, so I could definitely catch my flight. The interview went really well. It was a great group and we all bounced off each other, trying to help each other out. I felt very comfortable in my own skin.
Then the waiting started all over again. It was painful, I was worried the refresh button on my email account would burn out. By now I had a whole team at Homebaked and Rotunda, as well as my family and friends waiting with me. Every time my mum rang me, she started the conversation with: ‘Av you heard yet?’ After 9 weeks of all of our patience bearing thin, I received an unconditional offer. I can’t contain my excitement for September!
When I look back at how far I have come over the past year and the opportunities I have been given, I feel very proud and also grateful. None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for the encouragement and guidance I have been given from everyone. Now I am on my way to becoming an Architect.
We are looking for two new people to join our team. One role is guaranteed 8 hours a week predominantly Saturdays, the second role is guaranteed 16 hours predominantly Thursdays and Fridays. We are looking for someone who is local, flexible and looking to grow with us and who shares our cooperative approach and values. Relevant hospitality experience is desirable. We pay £ 8 per hour.
If you would like to apply, please leave your name, contact and a CV in the shop at 197 Oakfield Rd or e-mail your CV & covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 20th July.
We are very proud and happy to announce that following many months of planning, sweat, dust and creativity the flat above Homebaked bakery is nearly ready for the first tenants to move in. Before they do we would love you to come and visit, have a tour and celebrate with us.
Please join us on Saturday, 27th of January, 2018 between 12noon and 2pm at 197a Oakfield Rd, L4 0UF.
We will offer refreshments.