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Better Health Bakery, 13 Stean St, E8

CornPizzaStean Street in Hackney runs parallel to Kingsland Road, where cheek by jowl with a dizzyingly fancy aquarium shop and an old style car mechanic’s is the bare bones but attractive Better Health Bakery. This is a great back-street lunch stop for pastries, sandwiches and – on Friday – sourdough pizza. But it’s also a thoughtful and holistic social enterprise seeking to support and train people recovering from mental health issues.

 

Joanna Bojczewska, the manager of the bakery, explains its goals. As a social enterprise and charity, Better Health Bakery generates revenue to feed back into its own work. Volunteers and clients are introduced to the therapeutic nature of making sourdough bread, from mixing raw ingredients to kneading, proving and baking. And it’s a source of pride to all involved that this health-beneficial product is distributed throughout the borough, to venues such as Mother Earth, L’Epicerie and the London Fields Brewery. The bakery provides a structured and supportive work environment, helping clients take responsibility and break down barriers of shyness and isolation. And clients are supported on their pathways into employment, so they can use their skills to become independent.

Volunteer Shanice slicing pizza

Volunteer Shanice slicing pizza

Eat Hackney loves the Better Bakery ethos, and the eats. Try their sweet puff pastry pretzels, pop in for Friday pizza, or bag yourself an artisinal sourdough loaf. And if you want to make your own Better Health sourdough pizza, here’s how

 

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2 Comments

  1. Posted 29 Aug ’14 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    We, at l’épicerie, are definitely proud to distribute Better Health breads. I am just so sorry not to be able to sell more, and Monday is a very sad day without their baguette. Keep up the good work. Rémy

  2. Posted 23 Sep ’14 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for a wonderful blog post!

    Just to let you know, you can still vote for us in the Urban Food Awards in the best small producer category http://www.sustainweb.org/lfc/enter_ufa/ Thanks for your support!

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