Refugee Cafe Pop Up

Refugee Café takes pride in providing refugees with the tools they need to gain meaningful employment.

Asylum seekers can wait years to gain refugee status in the UK. During this time they are unable to work and receive help with housing and living costs. When a person is given refugee status in the UK, they’re given a month to find employment and housing. Many refugees are isolated from the local community and do not have access to the resources that most of us take for granted. Unemployment is four times higher for this vulnerable group, and Lewisham especially has a high unemployment rate. At this stage, many refugees can sadly become homeless.

At Refugee Café  refugees are given the the skills, community and encouragement they need to re build their lives. They are helped to overcome barriers; offering work experience, English lessons, social networks and a knowledge of the UK job market.

Beyond employment, Refugee Cafe connect refugees and asylum seekers to the local community, through friendship and food.

You can now buy Syrian pickles, hummus, Syrian brioches, Syrian chilli paste, Ecuadorian chimichurri – all cooked by a fantastic team of refugee chefs – from Catford Mews every Thursday and Saturday in the dedicated Refugee Cafe pop up unit

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