NEW COMMUNITY BREAD PROJECT: ‘BAKING A DIFFERENCE’ TO PILOT IN RESIDENTIAL SETTINGS FOR OLDER PEOPLE
Learning for the Fourth Age, in a new collaboration with Planet Leicester Bakers, has secured Awards for All funding for an exciting new project, ‘Baking a Difference’. The project will be piloted in care home and sheltered housing settings during 2017
Baking a Difference will exploit the loveliness of bread to bring people together in residential settings through a range of bread themed activities. The initial project will consist of two 6 week programmes for residents who wish to take part.
Michelle Stratford, Founder of Planet Leicester Bakers, explains:
“Bread is a wonderful vehicle for bringing people together and engaging in non-competitive, fun activities. Working and shaping dough can be very relaxing, as well as physically beneficial, while bread can also be a lovely subject to help start conversations. Planet Leicester Bakers is delighted to be able to work with highly regarded Learning for the Fourth Age in developing and bringing this project to people who often don’t readily have the access, knowledge or the confidence to take part in bread activities.”
Programme planning is already underway. Activities will range from story-telling and reminiscing to actual hands-on dough work. It is also hoped that some residents may take up the challenge to create, care for and bake with their own sourdough starter, or ‘wild yeast’. Some studies have indicated that providing the opportunity to nurture a living thing can enhance wellbeing.
Melissa March, Founder and CEO of Learning for the Fourth Age, commented:
“Learning for the Fourth Age is very excited to be able to bring such an innovative project to some of the settings in which we work. We already offer a range of learning activities for residents, including art and crafts, storytelling and computer skills, and to introduce the theme of bread will be very interesting. It holds the possibility of further improving residents’ wellbeing and social engagement.”