In this week’s column we hear about a new venture- The Global Village Cafe- who will be catering at Transition City Lancaster’s Potato Day on the 26th January 2019.

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The Global Village Café is a social enterprise which formed earlier this year. It aims to give refugees new training and development pathways; create employment opportunities in the catering and/ or hospitality industry, and improve cultural understanding within the wider community of Lancaster.

An enthusiastic and talented project team was established; motivated by the idea of using food designed, prepared, cooked and served by refugees to showcase their culinary heritage. In doing so, it aims to build community connections and understanding.

To date the Global Village Café has catered for several private functions and is currently planning two big events- including Lancaster’s Potato Day on Saturday 26th January 2019.

It is hoped that the Global Village Café will eventually have its own premises that offers food from around the world whilst also running international cookery courses for the general public. It also hopes to develop links with local colleges so that the training provided can lead to accreditation and qualifications – supporting interested participants in pursuing a career in hospitality. In the meantime it will be offer catering for events, supper clubs and pop-up Cafés.

The Global Village Café is developing a culture and ethos that empowers employees and volunteers to take responsibility in an enthusiastic, collaborative, flexible and fun team oriented environment. Challenges will be seen as an opportunity for learning.

The cafe will not only provide training and job opportunities but will include a fundamental ‘outreach’ element to facilitate the process of changing hearts and minds around Refugees and Asylum Seekers – leading to better cultural understanding and acceptance in Lancaster District.

As a cafe it is also strongly committed to environmental sustainability and will strive to make decisions and purchases which minimise its carbon footprint. It will use bio-degradable packaging and will aim to recycle and compost all waste for example. It is also committed to supporting local businesses and where possible will aim to purchase raw materials, equipment and protective clothing locally.

For those who are able to legally work (Refugees) it will pay the Real Living Wage (currently £9 per hour). Asylum Seekers, who are unable to work, will work as volunteers – benefiting from the training provided and enjoying the food they have helped prepare.

If you would like to know more about the Global Village Café, would like to make a donation or even book an event please contact Anne Baker on 07803 936 682 or email

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