It's A Bread Thing
We did it
On 27th March 2018 we successfully raised £165 with 9 supporters in 42 days

To build a community cafe where people from all communities can come together; a place where people enter as strangers and leave as friends.

by Linda Duffy in Manchester, Greater Manchester, England

        " My memories of growing up in Burnage are ones filled with a sense of belonging to a community"

                                                                                

                                                               " Help us to rebuild our community's  sense of belonging"

 

 We need your support to  help create a bump into space where people can come together. A place where people feel a sense of belonging and which promotes the importance of being part of a community. Its A Bread Thing is more than just a cafe/bakery. Its about building communties and supporting the people within those communties. Its about giving something back via the profits, to an area that has had so much taken away. 

 

 Linda Duffy and Burnage Community Centre are bringing an exciting new venture to Burnage. ‘It's A Bread Thing’ combines simple, healthy vegetarian food and real bread with learning and fun activities in a community cafe based in Burnage Community Centre.

This venture brings much needed nutritious and affordable food to an area dominated by takeaways. ‘It's A Bread Thing’ community cafe will encourage people to eat, learn and socialise together and will work with other established groups such as Age UK, Burnage Good Neighbours, Burnage Community Association and 4 Steps Enterprise and Learning Centre, to reach  vulnerable people of all ages and improve community spirit in the area.

‘It's a Bread Thing’ will be:

  • A place where people of all backgrounds and ages can eat, learn and socialise together.
  • A place where friends can meet, families can eat together, and where elderly people can socialise and contribute to teaching younger generations.
  • A place where children can come together to learn about the food they eat while having fun.
  • A place where people can share skills and gain knowledge about their own health and wellbeing.
  • A place where people can volunteer, support and give something back to their local community. 
  • A place where people can gain valuable work experience and skills to help build their confidence and prospects of finding work.
  • A place where people can come and feel a sense of belonging and which promotes the importance of being part of a community.

We will run informal workshops in:

  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Bread Making 
  • Growing Vegetables
  • Healthy Eating
  • Nutrition
  • Ingredient Awareness

Its A Bread Thing  has a community ethos. Once a month we award a free #Martynssmilecake  to a member of the community in recognition of  their community spirit or perhaps they have had a challengling time and are in need of an act of kindness.

#Bemoremartyn #Martynssmilecake  

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We will organise community engagement clubs and activities including:

  • Pizza Night
  • Book Club
  • Coffee mornings
  • Breakfast Club for children 
  • Social nights for the elderly 
  • Food of thought events
  • Dementia club
  • Afternoon tea 

  We will organise awareness raising and signposting events relating to a range of issues and support needs such as:

  • Dementia
  • Access to advice ( 4STEPS)
  • Battling community  isolation
  • Support for carers
  • Mental health and well-being .
  • Depression and anxiety amoungest the young people of our community.
  • Poverty within the local communities. 
  • Anti social behaviour.

 Burnage is an area of Manchester that has missed out on regeneration and is struggling to keep up with the rest of the city. The Burnage community is close to Linda's heart as she grew up here and can relate to the community and its issues. This insight will give the cafe a deep understanding of the struggles that local people face daily. Linda understands what is missing from the local area.

‘It's A Bread Thing’ community cafe will integrate Burnage with surrounding communities, promoting the exchange of ideas, life experiences, social values and cultural traditions. Profits gained through the community cafe will be used to fund a range of new activities and services to meet the needs of the local community.

 

WHAT WE NEED THE MONEY FOR

As the community centre is too small to house our cafe we need to build a home for our community cafe/bakery. The money raised will be used to build a semi- permanent building at the back of the community centre and kit it out as a cafe/bakery. Some of the funds will be used to support the cafe/bakery with its running costs during the first few months. We are also hoping to purchase an oven to provide freshly baked organic sourdough bread to our local community .

 

 SMALL DONATIONS CAN BRING BIG CHANGE.

Thank you for your support

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Tea and toast

Pledge £10 and get toast and tea for 2 from the cafe, your name on our ‘Wall Of Thanks’ and an invite to our opening. If you live out of the area and are unable to claim your toast and tea, it can be donated to a member of the community - just let us know!

£20 or more

cake for two

Pledge £20 and get cake and coffee/tea for two in our cafe. Your name on our ‘Wall Of Thanks’ and an invite to our opening. If you live out of the area and are unable to claim your cake and coffee/tea, then you can donate it back to a member of the community - just let us know!

£30 or more

Meal for two

Meal for two, plus a voucher for 10% off your next visit and your name on our Wall Of Thanks. Invite to our opening event. If you live out of the area and are unable to claim your meal for two, then you can donate it back to a member of the community - just let us know!

£50 or more

Baking Class

Baking class, plus 20% voucher off your next visit and your name on a wooden star in the cafe. Invite to our opening event. If you live out of the area and are unable to claim your baking class, then you can donate it back to a member of the community- just let us know!

£75 or more

Baking and lunch

Baking class with coffee and toasty for lunch. Your name on a Wooden Star in the cafe and invite to our opening event. If you live out of the area and are unable to claim your reward, then you can donate it back to a member of the community- just let us know!

£100 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Hire of the cafe

Hire of the cafe for an event for up to 12 people , with food to the value of £50. Your name on a Wooden Star in the cafe. with invite to our opening evening. If you live out of the area and are unable to claim your reward, then you can donate it back to a member of the community-just let us know!

£150 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Cafe hire with celebration cake

Hire of the cafe for up to 12 people , with food to the value of £50 . A 10 inch celebration cake. Your name on a Wooden Star in the cafe . Invite to our opening event. If you live out of the area and are unable to claim your reward, then you can donate it back to a member of the community- just let us know!

£200 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Baking with your friends

One of our classes ie: baking , cooking, etc for 4 people, with refreshments. Your name on a Wooden Star in the cafe . 15% voucher off your visit and and invite to our opening event.If you live out of the area and are unable to claim your reward, you can donate it back to community - just let us know!

£500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Design your own toasty

Pledge £500 and help us design a toasty on our menu and we will name it after you. Plus 50% off voucher, your name on a wooden star and an invite to our opening even. If you live outside the area and unable to claim your reward, then you can donate it back to a member of the community- just let us know

£1,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

You decided

We will contact you to discuss how best to reward you for you donation and support. Your name will be on a plaque on a table. So instead of giving a table number when ordering , they will give your name ie we are sat at Chloe's table. Invite to our opening event. If you live out of the area, you can donate it back to the community- just let us know!

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