We are The Feel Good Bakery.
A Regenerate project.
On a Regenerate trip taking young people from London estates to volunteer at one of our partner programmes in Kenya, a light bulb moment happened. One of the young people on the trip who had been heavily involved in gang life, poured out his heart saying he didn’t want to go back to a negative lifestyle when back in London, he wanted to help others, but he didn’t believe he could even get any kind of legitimate job back home.
In response to this we decided to set up an enterprise that would support, train and employ young people that wanted to turn their lives around and at the same time do something that makes a difference in the wider world. We set up The Feel Good Bakery.
The Feel Good Bakery began as a sandwich making business, supplying freshly made sandwiches to business and individuals all over London.
However, in July 2020 in response to COVID and the limitations it put on the bakery/sandwich business we set up our first mobile coffee cart.
Since then we have evolved massively, and have really seen the benefits of customer service and barista experience in helping young people grow key skills and progress in life.
We created employment for 26 young people in 2022, and as a result of their hard work and our support, 10 young people moved on to further employment, training, or education.
Over the next two years we plan to create employment for at least 75 young people in our community.
Every coffee you buy funds a meal for a child at one of three inspiring projects based in Kenya and Romania.
Regenerate have partnered with these projects ever since they were set up, and have a close relationships with them, visiting them each year to collaborate on projects and see first-hand the impact that they are having on some of the poorest children in their communities.
Nakuru, Kenya – Rain Edge International
Rain Edge International was set up by Sammy Nawali. Sammy grew up living on the streets of Nakuru and has helped thousands of children and young people from a similar background.
Rain Edge run a primary and secondary school, plus a Saturday feeding program for hundreds of children. They are providing homes for ex-street children and orphans, as well as creating job opportunities for young adults in the community.
Soard, Romania – Dare 2 Dream Agape
‘Dare 2 Dream Agape’ is based in a Roma community that has struggled with high levels of poverty. The charity started by running camps and activities before starting weekly feeding programs in 2014.
Since 2014, Dare 2 Dream Agape have built a community centre, are running programs for young people and families, and have become a registered charity. Dare 2 Dream Agape have had a hugely positive impact on their community and as a consequences of their work we have seen people stepping out of poverty.
Nairobi, Kenya – Tumaini African Foundation
Tumaini African Foundation was set up by a group of friends from Soweto, Nairobi, wanting to make a difference to their own community. Tumaini have been running ‘more than just a meal’ on Saturdays there since we began The Feel Good Bakery in 2014. They serve an average of 350 meals to hungry children each week and are now building a centre in their community where they will run their mentoring and youth projects form, as well as hosting a library. Regenerate are proud to have been working with Tumaini since 2005.