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Join us in celebrating the culinary cultures present in Lewisham! All products are made by refugee chefs based in South-East London.

Join us in celebrating the culinary cultures present in Lewisham! All products are made by refugee chefs based in South-East London.

Where to buy

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.

What is the Refugee Cafe?

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We create delicious, international food whilst paving the way to employment for people granted asylum in Lewisham.

No matter your status we’ve all got one thing in common – the need for good food and good jobs!

What is the Refugee Cafe?

We create delicious, international food whilst paving the way to employment for people granted asylum in Lewisham.

No matter your status we’ve all got one thing in common – the need for good food and good jobs!

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Our Mission

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Our evolving team of local trainee chefs, who have taken Asylum in Lewisham, share food from their home countries whilst gaining hospitality training and individual coaching towards their long term employment or enterprise goals. 

We are seeking partnerships to offer sessions in employment skills training, including CV writing and interview practice, as well as well being workshops, to help prepare individuals 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 all local people and visitors to come together and learn over food and drinks – a perfect recipe for community and contribution.

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Our evolving team of local trainee chefs, who have taken Asylum in Lewisham, share food from their home countries whilst gaining hospitality training and individual coaching towards their long term employment or enterprise goals. 

We are seeking partnerships to offer sessions in employment skills training, including CV writing and interview practice, as well as well being workshops, to help prepare individuals for work at one of our local trusted employers.

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

Why is this project needed?

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

Why is this project needed?

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