Known for its pies, Homebaked community bakery and community land trust gives local people the power to become local producers and decision makers, to work and learn together, and to regenerate their neighbourhood.

Located a few minutes from Liverpool Football Club in an area of significant social and economic deprivation, the bakery and cafe provides employment, training, mentoring and a place where people can chat over a cuppa. It’s also the anchor for a larger scale community-led development that will regenerate Anfield’s high street and bring a renewed sense of pride to the area.

A first Power to Change grant of £146,200 helped the bakery grow its trading income by increasing its pie production capacity. This has made Homebaked more financially sustainable and able to take on bigger catering contracts such as providing match day pies at the nearby Anfield stadium. Profits are invested into training local people to cook and eat healthily.

Community-led regeneration

A second Power to Change grant of £215,694 in 2017, allowed refurbishment of the upper floor of the bakery, developing affordable housing for local people and reanimating the local high street. This project has been named ‘Homebuild’ and will help to train and support local young people to refurbish the flats and gain qualifications, skills and experience working. The flats will then provide good quality, affordable accommodation for young people from Anfield, which is much needed in an area where there are streets of Victorian terraced houses empty and boarded up for demolition.

This is one step towards Homebaked’s goal to regenerate the area with their community, making Anfield a lively place to live again. They plan to create a small construction workshop on the land adjacent to the bakery where local people can drop in to learn to build furniture for the flat. They also want to improve the old Recreation Ground to the side and rear of the new build block and use it for growing food, markets, outdoor activities and events to eventually attract start-ups and businesses which will give the community more options and plenty more to feel proud about locally.

Homebaked says it can measure its market growth in the number of pies they produce and sell which has risen from 500 a week in 2015 to 2,000 a week now thanks to a grant from Power to Change

This is how we can solve the housing crisis – one home at a time

Lynsey Hanley

Guardian journalist (on Homebaked CLT)