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Come celebrate the culinary cultures present in Lewisham!

All products are made by refugee chefs based in
South-East London.

Come celebrate the culinary cultures of Lewisham! All products are made by refugee chefs based in South-East London.

Where to buy...

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Visit our pop-up stall in Catford Mews – we’ll be there every Thursday and Saturday this month!

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On the 2nd and last Saturday of the month we’ll be trading at RARE Market in Woolwich, SE17 6GD.

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You can also pre-order from our online shop and collect from PLACE / Ladywell (Sundays) or from our pop-up at Catford Mews.

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What is the Refugee Cafe?

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We create delicious food from around the world whilst paving the way to employment for people granted asylum in Lewisham. 

No matter who you are we all have one thing in common – the need for good food and good jobs!

What is the Refugee Cafe?

We create delicious food from around the world whilst paving the way to employment for people granted asylum in Lewisham.  

No matter who you are we all have one thing in common – the need for good food and good jobs!

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Our Mission

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Our growing team of local trainee chefs, granted Asylum in Lewisham, create delicious food from their home countries to sell at our markets and events, whilst gaining hospitality training and coaching towards their employment or enterprise goals. 

We are looking for partners with expertise in in employment skills training, including CV writing and interview practice, as well as wellbeing, to run sessions for our trainees as they prepare for work at one of our local trusted employers.

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In the future we will open a cafe – an eating and meeting place for locals and newcomers to come together and learn over food and drinks – a perfect recipe for community and contribution.

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Our growing team of local trainee chefs, granted asylum in Lewisham, create delicious food from their home countries to sell at our markets and event, whilst gaining hospitality training and coaching towards their employment or enterprise goals. 

We are looking for partners with expertise in employment skills training, including CV training and interview practice, as well as wellbeing to run sessions for our trainees as they prepare to work at a local trusted employer.

In the future we will open a cafe – an eating and meeting place for locals and newcomers to come together and learn over food and drinks – a perfect recipe for community and contribution.

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Why is this project needed?

Refugees face many barriers to work including lack of language skills, social networks, UK work experience and discrimination. 

Why is this project needed?

Refugees face many barriers to work including lack of language skills, social networks, UK work experience and discrimination. 

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Unemployment rate for refugees is four times higher than the national average

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Employment is the first priority for integration

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Lewisham is offering a home to 100 families who have gained Asylum by 2022

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Unemployment rate for refugees is four times higher than the national average

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Employment is the first priority for integration

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Lewisham is offering a home to 100 families who have gained Asylum by 2022

What's happening this month?

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The amazing Electric Future Foods are teaming up with Refugee Cafe and inviting us into their homes for a plant based Caribbean cook-along. 

Come and join us on Friday 31st July to make some delicious Callaloo! 

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What's happening this month?

The amazing Electric Future Foods are teaming up with Refugee Cafe and inviting us into their homes for a plant based Caribbean cook-along. Come and join us on Friday 31st July and make some delicious Callaloo! 

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