Luminary Bakery is a social enterprise in London that provides training and employment opportunities for women who have experienced social and economic disadvantage, including ex-offenders. They offer a 6-month training programme that teaches baking skills, as well as personal development and well-being, to help participants regain their confidence and self-esteem.
Their 2022 impact report provides a precise audit of their work. 114 women were supported during the year, bringing Luminary's total to 155. 165 training programmes were delivered, including 37 accreditations awarded. 17 corporate partners coordinated with the bakery to host work experience. Meanwhile 48 safeguarding concerns handled by our safeguarding team
Through the programme, participants gain practical work experience by working in the bakery's cafe, and also have the opportunity to work on bespoke cake orders. The program also offers support with job applications and interviews, as well as ongoing mentoring and coaching to ensure the women have the tools they need to succeed in the workplace.
By providing a supportive and nurturing environment, Luminary Bakery is able to help ex-offenders overcome the barriers to employment they often face, such as a lack of skills and experience, low self-esteem, and a criminal record. The organisation's approach has been successful in helping these women build a better future for themselves and their families by providing a pathway to stable employment and financial independence.