Free Cakes for Kids UK Day 2011 is coming to Oxford

September 5, 2011

by Malte Ziewitz

It’s only been two-and-a-half years since the first birthday cake changed hands in Oxford, but the Free Cakes for Kids network is growing rapidly. Volunteers are now baking for families in Bicester, Cardiff, Merton (London), Milton Keynes and Wallingford. And even more groups are currently getting started. You can find an up-to-date map of local groups on the Free Cakes for Kids UK network website.

Together with many other bakers, we thought that this is a great moment to get together, take stock and celebrate what we achieved. As a result, the first-ever Free Cakes for Kids UK Day 2011 will take place this Saturday in Oxford. For the first time, organisers and volunteers from local groups across the country will come together for a day of brainstorming, sharing, discussing and exchanging ideas and best practices around Free Cakes for Kids. The goal is to get to know each other, compare notes, think about the future and celebrate our common cause. Ideally, this will become an annual event.

Over the past ten weeks, a busy team of volunteers has been out and about to make this happen. Headed by our very own Steph Griggs-Trevarthen who just started a group in Bristol and now volunteers for the Free Cakes for Kids UK network, we have been organising a venue, looking for local sponsors, developing a fun programme and most importantly made sure that nobody needs to stay away for financial reasons. This is the plan for the day:

Preliminary Agenda

10:30 – 11:00 Arrival and Check-in
11:00 – 11:15 Welcome to the Free Cakes for Kids UK Network
11:15 – 11:30 Introductions from attendees
11:30 – 12:30 Getting Started: Community Connections
12:30 – 12:45 Coffee/Tea
12:45 – 13:45 Making it Work: Valuable Volunteers
13:45 – 14:45 Lunch
14:45 – 15:45 Getting the message out there: Media & Publicity
15:45 – 16:00 Coffee/Tea
16:00 – 17:00 What’s next for FCFK?
18:00 – Dinner & drinks

We are extremely grateful for the generous support from local businesses. These include Debbie Warland and her team at The Picnic Hamper, who will provide us with a healthy working lunch. Pat Green (Tesco Community Champion), Ian (Sainsbury’s, Cowley Road) and Robin (Co-operative Supermarket, Divinity Road) will make sure that we will not run out of coffee, tea, milk, juice and paper plates during the day. Honest Stationery on Cowley Road will help out with sticky notes, white board markers and other equipment. And Professional Music Technology have generously contributed to the fund of travel grants.

We are very much looking forward to hosting the first-ever FCFK UK Day 2011 and cannot wait to meet everyone in person on the 10th of September!

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Wedding Cake Decoration December 22, 2011 at 11:55 am

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