‘Community Led’ – What it looks like

15.05 Homebaked - 1This post is by way of being a visual accompaniment to the words-only ‘Community Led’ post of the other day. In that post I talked about my views and experience of how community led change gets done and the demands it makes on all of us involved. Today I want to show you what it actually looks like when done well. Staggeringly well here at Homebaked in Anfield.

As well as being deeply and joyfully engaged with what we’re all doing at the Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust, I’ve also been invited in by the community around Homebaked to contribute to getting their own Community Land Trust into serious movement. Homebaked have been open a good while now as a social enterprise community bakery, and now their next phase of development is to begin their CLT work on the land around them. Turning a soon to be demolished row of houses next to the bakery into? Well that’s what we’ve all been starting work on these last few weeks.

In the shadow of the expanding LFC stadium.

In the shadow of the expanding LFC stadium.

A series of intense sessions involving, I'd say, around 50 people in all.

A series of intense sessions involving, I’d say, around 50 people in all.

About

About ‘Building your own high street.’ Architect and long time Homebaked helper, my friend Marianne Heaslip here.

We’ve been getting ready to appoint the architects Homebaked CLT will be working with by working on how we’ll work with them. How the whole involved community can work out what is wanted and then work through the complications of getting it all done over the next couple of years.

Having thoughts and ideas, making collages of possibilities.

Having thoughts and ideas, making collages of possibilities.

All sat round in the bakery itself.

All sat round in the bakery itself.

In warmth and friendship.

With Sam – In warmth and friendship.

Watched over by community members who got all this going just a few years ago.

Watched over by community members who got all this going just a few years ago.

No one dominating.

No one dominating.

Everyone contributing.

Everyone contributing.

Recording what we do so more people than can fit in the room can be part of everything.

Recording what we do so more people than can fit in the room can be part of everything.

Informed conversations about Anfield and the future.

Informed conversations about Anfield and the future.

All just down the steps from the oven.

All just down the steps from the oven.

The crowd-funded Kickstarter oven that Jess, now baking here all week every week, memorably appealed for a couple of Christmases ago.

Jess, baker at Homebaked.

Jess, baker at Homebaked.

It still tends to be where the stories of the place get told.

It still tends to be where the stories of the place get told.

Britt Jurgensen here has been part of Homebaked from the start.

Britt Jurgensen here has been part of Homebaked from the start.

Today though, some newcomers have been invited in to work with us all, Homebaked's chosen architects are here.

Today though, some newcomers have been invited in to work with us all, Homebaked’s chosen architects are here.

The story of how they’ve arrived is told more fully than I’m going to attempt by Cally Highfield, writing in the background there. Cally has lived all her life round here and is now both working at Homebaked and running the blog on their website. The architects then, are Architectural Emporium.

Luke Cooper.

Luke Cooper.

And Toby Wallis.

And Toby Wallis.

This is the first time they’ve met the community of us since their appointment. Everybody welcomes them warmly and cheerfully reassures them that they’ve been deliberately ‘thrown in at the deep end!’ They survive fine.

And here we are. The people of the place. Working on its future.

And here we are. The people of the place. Working on its future.

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Grace, another new arrival.

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Thoughts about who to include.

Thoughts about who to include.

Help we're going to need.

Help we’re going to need.

Into the evening the talk continues.

Into the evening the talk continues.

Don’t forget. Everyone here has already done a working day, a school day, a bakery day. We’re not a group of office workers carefully fitting in what we need to do between the hours of nine and five. This is another of the many evenings that real Community Led change always needs. Time joyously given for the common good, but always working late into the evening to do what’s needed.15.05 Homebaked - 30 15.05 Homebaked - 31

Even the youngest of us seeming inspired and energised by being all together. People like people, we really do.

Even the youngest of us seeming inspired and energised by being all together. People like people, we really do.

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And for our supper there are pies. Of course there are pies. This is Homebaked.

And for our supper there are pies. Of course there are pies. This is Homebaked.

By the time I get home (thanks for the lift Cal Starr of Homebaked CLT) it’s 10pm and my brain feels like it’s stopped working for the day. But it’s a good tired. I love Homebaked and I love the work we’re all doing. It’s a privilege to be involved.

And remember, much more detail on what we’re all up to here on from Cally Highfield on Homebaked’s own blog.

6 thoughts on “‘Community Led’ – What it looks like

  1. Stephen

    Great stuff Ronnie.
    Always nice to promote homebaked and all it stands for.
    The new camera (a few months old by now) works a treat too..
    Stephen

    Reply
    1. Ronnie Hughes Post author

      Thanks Stephen. Yes, haven’t specifically mentioned the new camera for a long while now. But it’s very happy and me and it are becoming one now.

      Reply
  2. Joe Farrag

    Great work going on up there by the best team in Anfield. Many thanks for keeping us all informed.

    Reply

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