We make delicious food from around the world whilst creating a path to employment

We make delicious food from around the world whilst creating a path 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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We are Hiring a New Chair!

Refugee Café is seeking to appoint a Chair to lead the Board of Trustees. The Chair will ensure that the charity fulfils its responsibilities for the public benefit, effectively delivers its objectives, and complies with its governing document.  It is an exciting opportunity to shape a young organisation and have a positive impact in our community. Find out more here and apply be emailing trustees@refugeecafe.org.uk

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From exquisite jams and produce to beautiful handcrafted art

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Who we are

Learn about Refugee Cafe's history and meet the team

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Refugee Cafe will:​

  • Create living wage employment for a team of refugee chefs
  • Provide food-and-work skills training to support refugees into Hospitality jobs
  • Boost the economy by investing 100% of profits into our charity mission
  • Celebrate food cultures in Lewisham with a healthy exciting menu
  • Rejuvenate our borough by hosting community events, workshops and feasts


Celebrate the culinary
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All our delicious products are made using traditional recipes by people who have asylum here. You can find our products in local shops, meet us at our markets or 'click and collect' from our online shop...

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Why is this project needed?

Unemployment rate for refugees is four times higher than the national average​
Employment is the first priority for integration​
Lewisham is offering a home to 100 families who have gained Asylum by 2022​

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With thanks to our supporters:

Impact Hub
Kusuma Trust
Lewisham Homes
Lewisham Local
London Catalyst
Community Fund
Mayor of London