A chef friend of mine recently discovered the organisation Free Cakes for Kids UK. It provides free birthday cakes for children from families who struggle to provide one themselves. Volunteers lend their baking skills and usually cover the cost of the ingredients to make the cake.
As someone who enjoys baking, I think it's a really nice idea and a simple way to help out in your local community. The UK group was set up in 2008 by a lady who had heard about the organisation in the States, Free Cakes for Kids. Currently there are just three community groups in the UK. My friend and I are in the process of looking into setting one up in our local area of London.
Many mums take to baking when they have children, sometimes for the school fete as well as for birthdays. I thought some of you might be interested in finding out more and possible volunteering wherever you live too. Let me know what you think!