Proof Bakery and the Healthy Church Initiative fought off stiff competition to win Cinnamon Project Lab 2018 at The Mercers’ Hall in London. Project Lab 2018’s aimed to find community projects that respond to social needs in Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic communities, with a desire to replicate what they do in churches across the UK.
London-based Healthy Church Initiative, led by Shola Oladipo, provides health intervention, which educates and transforms nutritional health in Black African Caribbean churches and communities.
Proof Bakery, founded by Chernise Neo, operates from Coventry, and enables churches to support refugee women into work through a bakery business, where they sell and deliver artisanal bread subscriptions to local church collection points.
Thanks to the Mercers’ Company, the projects will each receive a development grant of £30,000 plus entry onto the Cinnamon Incubator Programme, where they will benefit from expert coaching, world class training, targeted marketing, and access to industry and government contacts.
In addition to the top prizes, more than £9,000 was pledged on the night from guests at the event to support the development of the other three finalists: Breaking Bread, Living Loss and Proudtobeme.