There's something comforting about tucking into a piece of cake or dipping a crumbly biscuit into a cup of tea, but there's something even more special about the treats on offer at Luminary Bakery. The new venue provides training and jobs for vulnerable women: those who are struggling with single motherhood, have faced domestic violence or homelessness or who have a criminal record.
Originally located at the back of Husk Coffee Shop in Limehouse, the social enterprise is moving to a larger space in Stoke Newington on Allen Road. The new space will have a larger kitchen, a café area, a special area for mums and kids and a downstairs training room for students.
The founders are currently crowd funding on Kickstarter for the building work needed to open the new space, and have reached just over £3,000 of their £15,000 target. They write on their page: 'By investing in and releasing them to realise their dreams, through training, employment and community, we aim to break the generational cycles of abuse, prostitution, criminal activity and poverty.'
There are plenty of rewards for donators, from free baked goods for those who pledge £10 to bread-making masterclasses for those who pledge £250.