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Sanctuary Seekers - Learn to bake bread at our Community Bakery!

by Bearwood Community Hub and Bakery

Are you a sanctuary seeker? Do you want to learn to bake bread, make friends and practise your English? We still have spaces for new learners to join Bearwood Community Bakery.

The bakery is running every Monday and Wednesday 9am – 2pm at St Mary’s Church until the 26th April. Learners can join for one or both days. The bakery is closed during school holidays.

The bakery teachers and whole team are all local women who have recently come to the UK and who speak English as a second language. Food hygiene qualification will be provided.

Make new friends, gain new skills, connect with local people and community, practise English, improve mental health, get business and kitchen experience.

Organisation description

Bearwood Community Hub’s mission is to consistently enable every child, young person and adult in Bearwood and surrounding areas to connect, collaborate and create in ways that are right and beneficial for them, and in ways that foster belonging, ownership and autonomy.
The associated Bakery supports newly-arrived women to gain new skills, connect to the local community and increase their confidence, well-being and self-esteem through baking bread together.


St Mary’s Church, Bearwood Road
B66 4BX Smethwick


Sally Taylor
07832 259658


The bakery is located in the kitchen of St Mary’s Church.

The entrance is level with the pavement and both doors can be opened to allow wheelchairs.

There is a ramp leading to the kitchen but the countertops are not wheelchair accessible. We may be able to offer modifications or might be able to adapt the space to suit your needs.

If you have any questions about access needs please get in touch.

We can use Google translate if anyone has any communication issues. Alternatively, our team includes speakers of the following languages: Arabic, Albanian, Persian, Kurdish.

Preferred skills

Looking for anyone with experience of being a refugee, asylum or sanctuary seeker.

Experience gained

Customer Service
English Practice
Food Hygiene
Baking Bread
Business Skills

Will the organisation carry out a DBS check?


Minimum age


Age focus

  • Adults

Time of volunteering

  • Weekdays
  • Daytime


  • Mainly indoors
  • To learn new skills and improve my job prospects

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