The cafe opens on weekdays from to serve delicious cakes, traybakes, cinnamon swirls, sourdough and soda bread loaves along with Climpson & Sons coffee. On weekends it serves all this plus a selection of toasties, soups and cream tea. All the food is produced by a team of fledgling bakers who are taking steps to break the generational cycle of prostitution, abuse, criminal activity and poverty.
Luminary uses baking as a tool to support women into employment and entrepreneurship, equipping them with transferrable skills for the working world. The bakery offer courses, work experience and paid employment within the bakery, empowering women to build their career. Through a 6 month programme, the trainees go from having zero baking skills (and often challenging mental health issues such as anxiety and low self-esteem) to having the skills they need to get a job in the catering. The bakery grew out of Kahaila Cafe – anther great social enterprise in Shoreditch.
Here’s what they said
“Luminary grew out of Kahaila as an innovative response to a need we saw for women who have had a social and economic disadvantage. We are a social enterprise designed to offer opportunities for women to build a future for themselves. We provide a safe and professional environment where women can grow holistically – encouraging ambition, restoration and second chances. We use baking as a tool to take women on a journey to employability and entrepreneurship, equipping them with transferrable skills for the working world. We offer courses, work experience and paid employment within our bakery, empowering women to build their career. By investing in and releasing them to realise their dreams, through training, employment and community, we aim to break the generational cycles of abuse, prostitution, criminal activity and poverty.”