Our very first Baking a Difference training day brought care home managers, activity staff, residents and volunteers together – all sharing the common aim of wanting to make a positive difference to the lives of older people in Leicestershire through the baking of bread. For 6 hours in Evington they talked and mixed, laughed and kneaded and learned exactly how they could make that difference, under the excellent guidance of community baker Michelle Stratford from Planet Leicester Bakers. Michelle herself recently reflected that not all skilled professionals are good trainers – well, Michelle is one of the best, as these comments from participants testify:
“Amazing training session – we loved it!”
“Michelle is a great trainer. Thoroughly enjoyed her class”
“Super workshop. Had lots of fun and learnt a new skill”
The next challenge for those involved is for them to put their new-found skills into practice, through our Baking a Difference sessions in local care homes and sheltered housing.
So that many more older people can experience the joys of bread, conversation and community.