One month bread subscription to support refugee training
Last week we opened our doors to the 5th group of Just Bread trainees. These are migrant women taking part in a 10 week bread-making course, to learn all about our sourdough bread making as well as more general skills for working in the food industry in the UK.
The program is run in collaboration with the Refugee Council, and covers a range of bread making skills from the beginnings of using a starter and long fermentation, to sharing skills and techniques on other traditional methods and recipes, as well as learning about the daily runnings of a busy cafe and bakery.
As part of the training, the participants will produce a range of bread which will be available to buy throughout November, as part of a four week subscription service. Subscribers will receive one loaf per week and can choose from four collection sites across east London.
All Subscriptions help cover program running costs and ensure we can continue to support this inspiring project. It also gives a sense of purpose and helps build confidence of the trainees as they get a sense of selling to real customers.
Last month we opened a new cafe and coffee roastery called e5 Roasthouse, situated in Poplar Union, a community arts centre in Poplar. One of the primary reasons for opening the new cafe is to provide employment for the refugee women who have taken part in this program. Sana, a participant from the very first program, is involved in the daily running of the cafe, and we have 3 other staff members who were former trainees.
In addition 30% of profits from e5 Roasthouse will support refugee organisations.