Women's programmes

We work holistically with women who have experienced multiple-disadvantage and gender based violence for a period of 2 years, offering a safe space to train, support as they overcome barriers from lack of opportunity, preparation for employment, and guidance in building towards a positive future.

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founded

Luminary is created

In 2013 Luminary's founder, Alice Williams, along with some friends, was working in a cafe in East London and through volunteering locally they met homeless women who were caught up in the sex industry. Women who had so much potential but had very few opportunities available to them. 

So, combining their skills in social work, business and baking, they created  Luminary: a place where through holistic training, employability, and community women can change the trajectory of their lives.

training begins

our first cohort graduates

The first group of women to complete our bakery training programme - run in a small church kitchen in Bethnal Green - graduated in March 2015.

They invited friends and family, showcased their impressive bakes, shared a little of their stories, and we celebrated them. These women and the many others who have graduated since are now making their way in the world, building their careers and inspiring us every day.

allen road, stoke newington

A Space of our own

After a successful round of Crowdfunding, we moved into our first building on Allen Road in September 2016! 

Finally we had a space to call our own, with a cafe on the ground floor and a training room in the basement to run our courses. 

The Year of Cake

launch celebration & wedding cakes

This year was a big one for the bakery, as we moved beyond simply selling our cakes to other cafes and wholesalers, but began selling directly to our incredible customers.

The fresh crescent moon style of our cakes became our signature and gave so many the opportunity to celebrate life's big occasions, all while purchasing with purpose.

branching out on our own

independent women

Luminary becomes independent from the umbrella charity which  incubated the early years, and this enabled the launch of our second bakery / training centre in Camden, which was opened by HRH The Duchess of Sussex, after featuring Luminary in her September issue of Vogue.

where are we now

more cohorts, more inspiring women

Luminary grows to quadruple the number of women in training, expanding the team significantly and launches initiatives such as weekly wellbeing workshops, employer partnerships and scaling up our volunteer mentoring scheme. 

Camden & Hackney

Our Bakeries

Hackney: 71-73 Allen Road, Stoke Newington, N16 8RY 

Camden: 47 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AJ

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