Bake-It Forward: Jannah
Baking has the power to change lives – something that Jannah has both witnessed and experienced herself.
The Social Work Associate, who is also based at Cheng San Family Service Centre, has handled clinical work, administration and operations at Bakery Hearts for more than three years. Oddly enough, she was never into baking throughout her time there at first. “Initially, many told me that I should bake too, but I had zero interest then,” Jannah recounts. “It was only when the circuit breaker happened, that I found that I needed an outlet to relieve my stress.”
Since then, Jannah has delved deep into her newfound hobby, trying out and tweaking countless online recipes to rave reviews from friends and colleagues. “It was after this that I realised Bakery Hearts taught me a lot,” she says. “And baking teaches me about working there too – it helps me understand what the ladies go through, that baking is not easy, and I resonate with them more.”
The most meaningful thing that baking has added to her work? “Baking is a space where you can be on your own, with no judgements, and show your creativity and true self,” Jannah muses. “And now I see how Bakery Hearts empowers the ladies, who are often caregivers, by letting them be themselves and giving them an avenue to make decisions, from within the kitchen.”
As Jannah continues to hone her craft, she hopes for the programme to continue to grow as well. “By supporting Bakery Hearts, you help it to be sustainable, so the ladies have a continued opportunity to grow, and eventually they can contribute back to the community themselves too,” she says. “That’s my hope.”