A community bakery project will provide employment and training opportunities for female ex-offenders thanks to National Lottery funding.
The Good Loaf Community Interst Company has received funding of £386,487 through the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme.
Run by C2C Charitable Trust, the Good Loaf CIC is a community bakery project operating as a social enterprise which aims is to provide employment and training opportunities to female ex-offenders.
Beneficiaries and project volunteers will learn under the watchful eye of a Master Baker, with bakery products being sold to the local community and wholesale to local businesses.
The Good Loaf is currently looking for premises within the town.
Debbie Galton, social enterprise development manager, C2C Charitable Trust, said: “This Big Lottery Fund grant will enable us to launch The Good Loaf CIC, an innovative bakery social enterprise that will provide training and employment opportunities to female ex-offenders in Northampton.
“It will be the first artisan bakery in the town and will sell quality bread products to local businesses and local people, creating a sustainable future for our work with ex-offenders and providing new jobs and around 25 voluntary roles for people in the local community.
“The bakery will support up to 100 vulnerable women each year and the new skills and experience they gain whilst on placement will help to reduce re-offending rates and increase employability. We are very excited to start working on the launch which would not have been possible without this Reaching Communities grant.”
By encouraging community cohesion, the hope is to see a reduction in the stigma experienced by ex-offenders. The project will also link to Northampton Food Bank and other organisations to deliver free courses such as cooking on a budget and family nutrition to local disadvantaged women.
It is hoped that the project will have a significant impact, bringing about a reduction in re-offending rates and improving the lives of local vulnerable women.
Tim Davies-Pugh, Big Lottery Fund deputy director, England said: “Reaching Communities grants are for projects that help people and communities most in need and the Good Loaf CIC is a great example of a community project that will have far reaching positive effects on individuals and their community. An artisan community bakery is a fabulous project, and I look forward to possibly sampling the baked goods one day.”