One of the great things about Stoneham Bakehouse’s growth over the last few years has been the range of people we’ve worked with. From children in pre-schools, to older people suffering from dementia, we’ve used breadmaking to support their wellbeing.

The other week, I had the privilege to work with a group of women from the Gateway Centre, run by Off the Fence. The women who use the centre are often going through times of difficulty or emotional distress, and I was humbled to be welcomed into the group so warmly. Baking bread with a group always has a way of easing tensions, and encouraging chat, and these words below show how this group benefitted from the session.

It was lovely to see all the women so happy baking bread.

It brought back lots of happy memories of baking when I was a child

I could have kneaded all day – it was very relaxing.

At this exciting time for the Bakehouse, with painting and bakery planning going on, it was a brilliant reminder of the importance of our work in the community. As we move forward, we want be able to support people across the community whatever their difficulties, and we’re excited about doing so at the bakehouse on Stoneham Road.

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