Photo: Gareth Davies MS gets hands on at Rhyl training bakery, former trainee turned volunteer Wayne Walton teaches Gareth Davies the ropes of dough rolling.
Vale of Clwyd politician Gareth Davies MS swaps a suit for a baking apron, getting stuck into some bread-making with the team at Use Your Loaf Community Training Bakery in Rhyl.
Use Your Loaf, a part of the Bedford Street Community Company Ltd was awarded £216,250 by the National Lottery Community Fund to provide short accredited courses and work experience in the new community training bakery.
The project aims to benefit the area of West Rhyl, particularly residents out of work and those with mental health issues, offering free courses to teach people to bake handmade, artisan breads while gaining qualifications and work experience. In addition holding weekly community events for anyone to get involved, including some dedicated mindfulness baking sessions.
Project Manager, Alex Bowen said:
“Our courses are fun, friendly and a great way to gain new skills, experiences and to meet new people. They're free, flexible and can work around people's other commitments”
When recently completing the course Trainee Phil Gannon said that "it was the best thing he's ever done"
Commenting on the visit Gareth Davies added:
“It was great to meet Head Baker Steve, Alex and some of the trainees and volunteers at Use Your Loaf Bakery, and to get a taste of the training experience, and the fantastic bread, they offer to local residents from the shop in Rhyl.
“Use Your Loaf runs free courses teaching people new artisan skills and then sells the produce made at low prices so everyone can enjoy their fresh offerings.
“The bakery is a brilliant asset to this community and despite only being open for two months it’s already making such a positive impact on local lives.”
To find out more about the courses and session email firstname.lastname@example.org, check out their Facebook page - Use Your Loaf Community Bakery or you can call 07988 762 069.