In the latest in our 'Meet the CLT Board' series, here's our youngest board member, Bradley Barrett, in his own words...
"Hello, I'm Bradley; I am 21 years old and I grew up in Aintree and then moved to Kirkdale in my early teenage years. I have a background in community and youth engagement and I am currently studying BA Architecture at University of The Arts, London.
After leaving school in 2015, I struggled to decide how to turn my passions into a career. It was in 2018, shortly after joining Homebaked to work on the development of the flat and 'HomeSquare' that I finally had my 'Aha!' moment: I realised I wanted to become an architect. After 18 months of nurturing and support from Homebaked, I applied and was accepted on to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Central Saint Martins Art School in London - and stayed in London to study for my BA.
Since being in London, I felt disconnected from my community and the CLT. I wanted a way to give something back and still be a part of the organisation, so I applied to be a board member - and was voted in in December!
I am honoured to be on the board, working with the amazing team to #gettheterracedone!
Today, the spotlight in our series 'Meet the CLT' falls on Jemma Cosgrove, one of our newest board members - but historically an active CLT member and local resident.
"Hi, I'm Jemma and I'm a married, full-time mum with two young children - and a bulldog puppy! I've lived in Anfield all my life and have worked in a variety of jobs - from school administrator, to working in Walton Hospital, to singing and being a make-up artist. I've always felt safe and comfortable growing up in Anfield & my friendly neighbours keep me here; I live in a multicultural street which includes Greek, Syrian and Spanish neighbours - and I know that I could knock on any one of my neighbours' doors for help if I needed it and help would be given. The essence of Anfield IS the genuinely lovely people who live here - and now, through Homebaked, there's a bit of hope for where we live. I feel that local people ARE wanting to stay in the area. I also hope that local business people will see what Homebaked is doing and want to stay here and help develop the area too.
When I saw the bakery being revived, I knew I HAD to be involved. (I remember going to the bakery when I was 10 or 11 and buying a bag of meringues for 30p!) There had been nothing in the area then for older and younger people and this felt like a bit of a lifesaver for the community - exciting and wonderful - and I got involved with some of the projects. The Design Team for the terrace let us be creative and to swap opinions and ideas in a non-judgemental way: nothing was ever wrong - and to design something that was actually going to be there felt inspiring & refreshing. It was a real team effort!
As a new CLT board member, my own particular interest is in mental health, and also in intergenerational work - bringing young and older people together in the community. I feel that Homebaked is a little bit of Heaven in Anfield and I would love the terrace to thrive and be a community space, full of life and greenery!"
Today in our series 'Meet the CLT Board', Kate Ellison explains why she became involved and her excitement for #gettingtheterracedone.
"I grew up in Anfield, living in Granton Road and Oakfield as a kid and buying my first house in St. Davids Road as an adult. My nan lived in Venmore Street and I was often sent 'on messages' to Mitchell's bakery for bread - and allowed to keep the change for a pack of football stickers from Bob Newshams. I loved growing up in Anfield, but I have also experienced firsthand it being 'done to' and the impact this had on the area and its communities.
I was a frequent visitor to Homebaked bakery but learnt about the work of the CLT through a friend - and was really keen to get involved. As my day job is in housing development it made perfect sense for me to get involved in the terrace project.
I have loved working with the CLT to develop the proposals. The vision and ambition of the group and its 'can do' attitude is inspiring and I feel proud to be part of what we are creating! The proposals have been driven by consultation with the community - and the need to address fuel poverty and create truly affordable quality homes were identified as key drivers. The project will not only see the creation of 8 quality homes but a number of business spaces that will breathe life into this part of Oakfield Road. The terrace embodies everything we are about as an organization and is only the start of our vision for Oakfield Road!"
Join our info events on zoom to find out more ! Thursday 4th March 2021 and Thursday 11th March 2021 from 7-8.30pm.
Work will start on site within a few months and the homes are scheduled to be ready by June 2022; Homebaked aims to lease the scheme to a housing co-operative - so that people renting the homes have a real commitment to the local community.
The sessions are slightly different, one explains the model, the second goes more in-depth into how we can work together to make this happen!
Liverpool City Region's Community Led Housing Hub, Breaking Ground, launches with a community led housing festival from 20th-28th February 2021.
Homebaked CLT is pleased to be contributing four events to the Breaking Ground Festival on Saturday 27th February. Each event is rooted in the values at the heart of our terrace and community, discussing the right to housing, the future of our high streets, sustainability in practice and our creative DNA. National and international friends join us to share their stories to inspire and explore the possible for Anfield, Everton & beyond.
It is time to celebrate! Please join us for all things hot, including art! And for some chats and quality time spent with neighbours, friends and family. Bring a friend! Bring a stranger! There will be pies.
At the Homebaked CLT House, 189 Oakfield Rd, L5 0UF
18 December 2019, from 8pm
Hosted by Dead Pigeon Gallery and Homebaked Community Land Trust
Big thanks to Liverpool Echo & Semble for this lovely piece about our work - and play!
Great article in the Independent about community businesses working together all across Liverpool. Just in time for the opening of Kitty's Launderette on our High Street and of course our planning application going in.
Have a listen to this podcast about Homebaked's Story and people-powered High Street regeneration.