Monday 29th May, 12 – 2pm in the Winter Gardens
Gingerbread man decorating: Come and decorate your own gingerbread man to take home. Suitable for all ages.
About Free Cakes for Kids: We bake birthday cakes for children in the city who wouldn’t otherwise get a cake on their special day.
At Free Cakes for Kids Sheffield, we bake birthday cakes for children aged 1-18 for a many different reasons, including poverty, homelessness, for looked after children or for children who are receiving extra support from their school.
Nearly 30,000 children in Sheffield live in poverty and we know that children are growing up in very difficult circumstances every day of the year. A birthday cake from us might be the first cake the child has ever had – it gives the family the opportunity to celebrate a birthday with friends and family, perhaps for the first time.
We work with many different charities, schools and social workers across the city who refer families to us for a cake. We’ve baked birthday cakes for children supported by food banks, their schools, the NHS, the NSPCC, Shelter, homeless charities, for looked after children and for families living in local refuges. It’s not always about a family not being able to afford cake – it might be because there is a sibling who has advanced needs, a family member unwell or absent, or because the family is in temporary accommodation like a B&B or refuge without access to a kitchen.
Free Cakes for Kids Sheffield has fifty volunteers signed up to bake and deliver cakes as well as help raise money and awareness. Volunteers pay for all the ingredients from their own pockets to ensure no child goes without a cake on their birthday. Many volunteers have fond memories of their own childhood cakes and hate the thought of a child growing up without similar memories. All our volunteers commit to very high standards of food safety and confidentiality.
We’ve baked over 550 cakes for children in the city and have bookings to make many more this year. We’re also planning new Parent and Child baking workshops for 2017 and beyond, where families will learn how to bake and take equipment and recipes away with them so they can have fun baking at home.
Launched in September 2013 by Kate Thorpe, we adopted our Constitution in early 2014 and appointed a Steering Group to manage our activities.
We bake a difference, one cake at a time.