HMPasties - Bring Out the Good Inside.

by Lee Wakeham in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 30th September 2018 we successfully raised £10,001 with 80 supporters in 27 days

Our aim is to offer sustainable employment to people with criminal convictions, we will achieve this through sales in our Manchester bakery

by Lee Wakeham in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

What HMPasties would do with the Money

Any additional money would help us to grow further, we have the option of setting up a pasty kiosk in a busy local train station and a concession franchise in a local football club, each new outlet would create at least 2 new job vacancies, additional income would go towards fitting these sites out with HMPasties branding and purchasing associated equipment.

Why HMPasties?

As an ex-offender myself I learned a long time ago that change can happen when you change your environment, I changed my environment by gaining employment, little by little I began to change and become more like my peers in the workplace, rather than the peers I had grown up around. At HMPasties we want to help others change their environment by offering training and peer mentoring whilst employed and earning a living wage.

Our Aims

HMPasties is a not for profit social enterprise, we aim to create a core team of 6 ex-offenders who have some experience of either baking or cookery, we will develop these skills further and form a core team of staff who will produce high quality baked goods whilst becoming peer mentors for new employees who join us either whilst in custody, on release on temporary license (ROTL) or upon release from custody.

How it works

Whilst working as peer mentors we will train and develop the skills of our new team members over a 6 - 12 month period, throughout this time team members will receive training in Food Hygiene, Health and Safety, First Aid and Professional Food preparation, when ready they will be supported to find work within the food industry. We will help to create CVs, assist with applications, prepare for an interview and provide support throughout the process of seeking employment, we will also provide protective clothing and footwear which can be taken to their new job.

Why we are Crowdfunding

To coincide with the launch of our very own bakery in Manchester we have launched our Crowdfunding campaign, the campaign is to assist with the purchase of a purpose built catering vehicle to support the growth of our business and allow us to provide mobile catering services to construction sites and other locations. At a minimum securing the vehicle will help create 3 new jobs in sales and provide job security for 5 others employed in the bakery.

What would it mean to HMPasties?

A successful Crowdfunding campaign will help HMPasties to achieve its ultimate goal of becoming a self-funded employment programme and create sustainable jobs for people with criminal convictions.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£500 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Pasty Day Event

We will supply 100 Pasties in our purpose built pasty van. We can cater for daytime or evening events with our self contained vehicle. This reward offers fully staffed catering for 3 hours with 2 members of our team for events in Greater Manchester. Choose from our full range of pasties, including Traditional Cornish Style, Steak, Spicy Caribbean Chicken, All Day Breakfast, Cheese & Onion and Chickpea Korma.

£5 or more

How to Make a Perfect Pasty

You will receive a printed recipe card with tips and trade secrets on how to create the perfect Pasty, how to make the ideal short crust pastry which will hold your Pasty together throughout baking, a precise list of ingredients, with instructions on how to crimp your traditional "Cornish style" pasty.

£10 or more

Pasty Shop Voucher

This reward offers a gift voucher to be spent in our Manchester bakery. *Gift voucher must be redeemed in full.

£15 or more

Pledge a Pasty for a Person in Need.

We will supply 3 hot pasties and a hot drink to a person sleeping rough on the streets of Manchester.

£30 or more

3 of 28 claimed

Pasty Master Class

Come to one of our Pasty making master classes held in our Manchester bakery. Led by our expert pasty makers you will assemble your own pasty and show us your crimping skills, you will be able to take your pasty to bake at home. We will of course have freshly baked pasties on hand for you sample at the end of the class. *Reward provides you with a voucher to book one of 4 evening demonstrations in October and November

£50 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Sponsor a Trainee

Your pledge of £50 will contribute towards food hygiene courses up to and including level 3, HACCP (hazard, access, critical, control point) training level 2 and a set of chefs whites or front of house uniform for one of our trainees, helping them to prepare for a career in the food industry,

£100 or more

Pasty Lunchtime Delivery

For your pledge we will deliver pasties to your office or workplace for lunch. You can choose from our full range of pasties, we can cater for vegetarians and vegan as well as all you meat eaters. You will also be eligible for a 10% discount on future orders for 12 months.

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