Just when you thought baking couldn’t get any better, along comes Luminary Bakery.
This London-based social enterprise uses baking as a tool to help women reach their full potential – women who may never have had the opportunity to do so otherwise because of immensely isolating social and economic disadvantages. All too often, they’ve experienced an intersection of gender-based violence, low income, poor physical and mental health, substance misuse and homelessness.
Luminary is a space where women can overcome these multiple disadvantages. Joining the bakery sets them on a holistic programme of training and support, leading onto sustainable employment opportunities.
It’s no overstatement to call this programme life-changing. Women start successful careers, gain a sense of self-confidence and become part of a supportive community.
As amazing as the impact are the bakes, which are perfect for a celebration or special treat. Who wouldn’t love a tray of letterbox brownies to arrive at the door? Choose from flavours like salted caramel, pumpkin spice latte or coconut and cherry as well as blondies and cookies too. Enjoy!
Connecting with women experiencing homelessness who were caught up in the sex industry led Alice Williams on the path to creating Luminary Bakery.
Between her and the friends who were also involved in the project, they had skills in social work, business and baking. This became the recipe for Luminary: a bakery that could guide people in a new direction in life, opening up opportunities which were previously out of reach.
Holistic training, employability and community remain at the heart of what they do, with the bakery a symbol of hope.