A new training scheme sponsored by the Peabody Trust is training eight local young people to bake and sell bread.
The Bread Angels Course run by Virtuous Bread provides people from a range of backgrounds with the opportunity to learn about baking bread, selling it and establishing their own small business.
The Peabody Trust has made the Gateway Centre's kitchen space available for the bread making classes. Peabody has also set up a scholarship fund to help pay course fees for the participants.
Over a three week period eight young locals – who all live within walking distance of the Gateway Centre – will be taught by tutor Lisa Wilson about the process of baking bread, how to sell and market their product and the logistics of operating a bread-making business. After the course many of the pupils will go on to sell their bread at Brixton Market.
"The Bread Angels course has been a great success and opens up the eyes of the participants to a whole range of possibilities," says Lisa Wilson.
"Those taking part have developed new skills, enabling them to earn a small living and build up their local community.
"The contribution from Peabody towards the scholarship fund and making the community centre's space is available is very generous indeed and we thank them sincerely for all their assistance with the project."
The next set of Bread Angels are due to graduate on 15 February after completing their three-week course at the Gateway Centre.