Iolanda Chirico

Operations Manager

Iolanda is our Operations Manager. She has managed Refugee community organisations since 1995, firstly in Bromley and then in Lewisham. In 2006 she founded Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL) and in 2019 the Refugee Cafe. The loss of one’s homeland is the greatest tragedy in anyone’s life and one from which is so difficult to recover without support in the new country one finds themselves in. She strives for equal opportunities, as well as sustained support and guidance. The Refugee Cafe will be a hive of activities where many local culinary talents will flourish, together building a successful cafe for many years to come. Iolanda has a BA in Communication Studies and Sociology and loves gardening, DIY and cooking.