Our mission

Refugee-Cafe-Mission

By 2022 Lewisham will become a ‘Borough of Sanctuary’, welcoming 100 vulnerable families from war torn countries. 

We want to make sure Lewisham is also a Borough of Opportunity!

With a lack of language skills, UK worked experience and knowledge of the local job market, a refugee is 4 times more likely to be unemployed than the general population and 5 times more likely to experience mental health issues. 

Unable to find work, many turn to illegitimate jobs where they face low wages and exploitation. This makes refugees some of the more vulnerable people in London. 

Our mission is to break down these barriers and create opportunity, employability and community for those granted asylum in London. 

We believe involving people in social activism on the ground level has an impact on the way people engage, consume and interact on a day-to-day basis. We want to enable people through inclusion and education.

What we do

Opportunity

Refugee-Cafe-Market

We run a series of events and markets, bringing the whole community together to celebrate the amazing culinary cultures in Lewisham – where 12 languages are spoked every square mile! 

Employability

We are currently fundraising to launch a Hospitality and Employability training programme for local refugees. Participants will gain a foundation in catering in the UK through a series of workshops and individual coaching towards their long-term employment or enterprise goals. 

Community

Community-food

In 2021 we plan to open a cafe – an eating and meeting space run by local refugees – where our community can come to learn, grow, work and share over amazing food and drinks. 

Opportunity

Refugee-Cafe-Market

Employability

Community

Community-food

We run a series of events and markets, bringing the whole community together to celebrate the amazing culinary cultures in Lewisham – where 12 languages are spoked every square mile! 

We are currently fundraising to launch a Hospitality and Employability training programme for local refugees. Participants will gain a foundation in catering in the UK through a series of workshops and individual coaching towards their long-term employment or enterprise goals. 

In 2021 we plan to open a cafe – an eating and meeting space run by local refugees – where our community can come to learn, grow, work and share over amazing food and drinks.