Bakers Labels in the community
With our athlete identifaction brand Sportstiks we are the title sponsor of the Brentwood Half Marathon and Fun Run. The Brentwood half marathon is a fantastic non-profit making event, organised by volunteers from the Rotary of Brentwood a Becket. We support the Rotary throughout the build up to the event and on race day to bring a memorable experience for all entrants.
Due to the pandemic there was no 2021 event but we are back supporting and sponsoring the event in 2022
Kids Inspire has been one of Baker’s chosen charity since 2011 and has donated a total of £46,230 to date to the charity.
Kids Inspire supports young people across Essex who are at an educational, social and/or economic disadvantage, for example, they might be experiencing relationship abuse, anxiety or be subject to bullying. The Charity mainly supports those recovering from trauma and/or dealing with emerging mental health issues.
Many young people are referred to Kids Inspire because other agencies consider them to be ‘too complex’ to help. Kids Inspire is capable of dealing with the most complex of cases and does not turn people away. The Charity has assisted Social Care in closing hundreds of cases.
In January 2017 Steve and Mandy Baker presented Rachael Basset from Kids Inspire a cheque for £5,000 to update and overhaul their IT system.
“We have supported different Kids Inspire projects for the last 5 years, each of which supported families and children directly sometimes in an emergency situation. This donation of £5,000 is a one off opportunity to help with the infrastructure of the charity, helping to strengthen the charity enough to take it to the next level. We’re very fortunate at Bakers to have access to the latest technology in IT systems and recognise the advantages this brings. We’re delighted to able to help the team at Kids Inspire” Steve Baker, Managing Director.
The Kids Inspire mentoring programme
Our Chief Happiness Officer, Mandy Baker volunteers for Kids Inspire as a child mentor offering support and guidance on a one-to-one basis. The Kids Inspire mentoring programme offers young people in need the chance to form a positive, trusting relationship with an adult role model – their mentor.
Mandy underwent comprehensive training before being carefully matched to a young person. The two met, usually for an hour a week, while Kids Inspire provides continued support and guidance. Mandy engaged the mentee in fun, everyday activities allowing him/her to fell valued and secure. To find out more about how you could help please visit the Kids Inspire website.
All the money we raise has always been needed to support the children’s projects. They will make a huge difference to the streamlining of projects and planning of grant applications. We’ve relied on donations of second hand or refurbished equipment in the past which often made the administration work labour intensive as they would be slow or unreliable. We already work so hard but with the new computers and IT system we’ll be able to work smarter. We can’t thank Bakers enough”. Rachael Basset, Kids Inspire
Since 2011 when Bakers moved to new premises in Brentwood we have donated well in excess of £150,000 to charities and good causes.
Special Needs And Parents
SNAP is an Essex Charity whose aim is to inform, encourage and support families with children and young people who have any special need or disability, allowing parents and carers to grow in strength and knowledge so they are better equipped to give the best possible help to their children. From its Brentwood base, SNAP offers a helping hand to thousands of families who need support. No formal diagnosis or professional referral is necessary to access SNAP services, available to families of children and young people aged 0 to 25. The charity’s vision is to provide a safe environment offering a wide range of support and specialist services with the aim to increase resilience and empowerment within our families. SNAP’s ethos is about strengthening all members of the family.
Registered Charity No.1077787
Parent Advice and Support
- Helpline (email & phone)
- Face to face parent support
- Specialist talks and training courses
- Library of specialist books and DVDs
- Website with SNAP directory of useful contacts
- Online information network
- Education advice sessions
- Parent and Pre-School Children’s Sessions
- Music, yoga, drama and activity groups
- Holiday sessions
- SNAP + (for older children and young people)
- Sibling support
- Multi-sensory room
- Specialist IT Suite
“Having you with us through this journey has been the thing that has held my little family together”
A parent of a child with special needs being supported by SNAP
“Without SNAP’s support I doubt I would understand my child at all. I could list so many things SNAP has given us as a family but most importantly you have given me the confidence to fight for my child. SNAP has given my child a chance for a brighter future. We are indebted to you all for understanding, supporting and encouraging.”
Brentwood Foodbank was established in 2011 as a partnership between Breakthru Church and Dodd Road Community Church. Brentwood Foodbank works with a number of frontline care agencies to provide food parcels to the most vulnerable members of our community. The agencies that they work with hold vouchers that they are able to issue to their clients. The vouchers can then be redeemed at the Foodbank for a food parcel.
Each year more and more families rely on foodbanks. In 2019/20 approximately 1.9 million people used a foodbank in the UK and the Brentwood foodbank alone provided 1,088 three-day emergency food supplies to people in 2020. This sad reality shows how vital it is for foodbanks to have the support of their local communities and how much Bakers donations help them.
Sadly people in poor economic situations often have to chose between eating and heating their homes. The foodbank offers them reliefs during those difficult times and means they don’t have to go hungry.
Nobody should have to use a foodbank and many people that find themselves there would never have expected to. Unfortunately 1 in 4 people live under the poverty line in the UK. This means the Foodbank is such an important helping hand for so many people and their children.
“The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.”