Off to 'The Big Smoke'

apr. '18
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.

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Pie Awards 2018

mar. '18
We are doing a very happy dance in the bakery this morning. Two of our pies have placed in the top three pies at the British Pie Awards and we have been invited to the Awards Lunch in Melton Mowbray ( where we also find out how many medals we’ve won).

Tomorrow Luke & Stephan will be heading south again to see if we produce the best Vegetarian Pie or the best Sports Pie in the country.

We are so delighted that our little community-owned bakery in Anfield is up there with some of the biggest pie producers in the country. Just proves that you can do business in a different way.

#morethanapie

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Bradley's guide to sanding and finishing a floor

dec. '17
So, you want to make your floorboards a nice feature in your house and ditch the carpets? Well, this is how you do it.

1. Remove any nails that are sticking up out the flooring with a nail punch to stop the sandpaper from tearing whilst using the drum sander.
2. Remove all debris from the floor.
3. Use various levels of grit on the sandpaper, 24, 36, 40 and 80, and sand against the grain. Use floor and edge sanders.
4. Hoover in between each different grade of grit to pick up debris and sawdust.
5. Apply your first coat of varnish.
6. Apply varnish coat number 2.
7. Using a 450 grit sandpaper, sand the floor in the direction of the grain.
8. Use a damp rag to wipe excess dust off the floor.
9. Apply the final coat of varnish to the floor.
10. Stand back and admire your handy work.

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Vacancy for counter assistants at Homebaked Bakery!

jul. '18
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 hello@homebaked.org.uk by Friday, 20th July.

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Become a tenant with Homebaked Community Land Trust!

mar. '18
Beautiful room in high spec shared flat, just opposite Liverpool Football Club and above a bakery and cafe!

Homebaked Community Land Trust is looking for four tenants for our first four bedroom shared apartment. It’s newly refurbished to a very high standard, furnished with a modern and stylish feel. In addition to 4 double bedrooms, there are a number of shared rooms

· kitchen/diner

· living room

· utility room/store (with washing machine and dryer)

· 2 bath/shower rooms

· Snug/study

Rent is £ 200 per month, plus an additional service charge for utilities. DSS accepted.

The apartment is located above the award winning Homebaked Cooperative Bakery, opposite Liverpool football club, with excellent public transport connections to the City Centre, and in walking distance of two fantastic parks – Stanley Park and Everton Park.

The landlord is Homebaked Community Land Trust, a community organisation set up and run by local people to develop and manage homes and other assets.

We welcome applications from individuals and or groups. Click below to download application form.

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British Pie Week

mar. '18
Today is the beginning of British Pie week and we will be celebrating in style. Tomorrow we submit this years entries to the British Pie awards. Why not call in the bakery and treat yourself to one of our very special pies and help us invest in our community. We believe in the Power of Pie ❤️

#morethanapie

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Putting the Home in Homebaked - Open House Event

jan. '18
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.

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The GRAND OPENING of HOMESQUARE

oct. '17
We would love to celebrate the opening of HOMESQUARE - a public square built with love for everyone who visits our high street - with you!

Sunday, 29th, 2-6pm. Official ribbon cutting ceremony at 3pm.

There will be lovely food, chats and games, family workshops building bird houses and planters, back alley bowling, face painting, planting activities, time to meet and chat and (for the ones who dare and care) sing some KARAOKE!

Please join in and invite friends and family.

After a busy and eventful summer the Homebaked CLT trainees have finished their work on the public square next to our block. We have called it Homesquare (or alternatively Hometurf!). It is a place for locals and visitors to stop and enjoy a little oasis of nature, calm and company right on our high street. It will also be a venue for any workshops and activities that you would like to use it for in the future.

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Free workshop series: Knitting and crocheting with recycled materials

oct. '17
Homebaked and Collective/North West Design Work offer free places on a workshop series making beautiful objects, such as hanging chairs and planters out of unwanted household materials. You will learn about design and acquire basic skills in knitting and crocheting.

5 workshops, start date: Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017, 12 - 2pm
Place: The Old Post Office, 34 County Road, L4 3QH, Walton

Free admission, no prior knowledge or skills needed!

For more information and to book your space, please contact
Silvia on getinvolved@homebaked.org.uk

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The Community Business Fix Show - Saving Our High Streets

nov. '18
Have a listen to this podcast about Homebaked's Story and people-powered High Street regeneration.

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The Power of the Pie - Independent Liverpool

nov. '17
Our friends at Independent Liverpool recently wrote some very nice words about us. Read them here...

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Homebaked in the Guardian

jun. '17
'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

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