Kilmarnock Station Railway Heritage Trust has recently completed the refurbishment of the lower-level rooms at Kilmarnock station. Part of this refurbishment included a fully functioning training bakery kitchen which we are excited to become a part of Kilmarnock Station Community Village. The training bakery kitchen will provide a home for our new Baking Bread project. The therapeutic benefits of bread making have long been associated with increased confidence, sense of well-being and lowered anxiety & depression and this new initiative will fit well with in our existing services provided at the Station.
The program is aimed at those individuals who are starting to think about returning to the workforce or retraining and through isolation, mental health issues or other adverse life events lack confidence, self-esteem, and skills. The program is proposed to run for 8 weeks and will be broken down into 2 sections. The first 4 weeks will involve coming together as a group in the bakery where simple bread recipes will be taught, together with mindfulness sessions such as meditation, Qi Gong and acupuncture, counselling sessions may also be offered if appropriate. Participants will then move onto more complex recipes and increased quantities while gaining training in food hygiene and first aid in preparation of running their own pop-up shop. The final block will see the group split so they rotate between working in the bakery to bake products to sell in their own pop-up shop within our existing First-Class Deli shop space on the station platform and obtaining the customer experience working in the pop-up shop. During this final block participants will have access to information on other organisations in the community to link into once the project comes to an end.
We are excited to start this new chapter at Kilmarnock Station Community Village and look forward to welcoming you all back to in person services.