Category Archives: disability

One-to-one

I have been working one-to-one with Andrew Spriggs. We met at the Inclusive Living Day for Disabled People held organised by Dudley CIL.  A wonderful organisation set up to ‘include’ and inspire.

Andrew munching spelt, pumpkin seeds and cheese rolls!

Andrew munching spelt, pumpkin seeds and cheese rolls!

We have made spelt loaves and spelt rolls with pumpkin and cheese.  We made pizza and plaited loaves.   In addition, and while the bread is rising, we made soup, stews all in Andrews slow cooker… sat on the side for too long unused!   On our last session before xmas we made cornish pasties – a first for us both!

It is really great to see what people enjoy – Andrew doesn’t actually enjoy the sticky dough but loves rolling out pastry and plaiting the harvest loaf.

I suggested Andrew would enjoy the disability unit at Queen’s Cross where there are many activities and opportunities.  He is such a bright man with so much enthusiasm!  He has started there now and is going for four days a week…. He is going to learn to read and write.

These are the benefits of reaching people, connecting services, sharing information and listening.   We will continue cooking and baking fortnightly and fill the freezer with good home cooked food!

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Working at Queen’s Cross…

We are having a good time working with the lovely people at the Disability Support Centre in Dudley.   Is lovely to have enthusiastic bread makers and every loaf and roll has it’s own identity and sound!!  It proves greatly to me the theraputic elements we are working with and what bread making can do to develop collective and communication…. it is a rich tool indeed.

As ever this is a case of who educates the educator and I feel part of the team learning together… Bread has it’s own agenda and we learn enormous patience!!  Baking times…etc!!