About Us

Migrateful runs cookery classes led by refugees, asylum seekers and migrants struggling to integrate and access employment.

Our mission

Due to legal, linguistic and social barriers, finding work can be extremely difficult for many migrants. Being unable to provide for themselves and their families has significant negative effects on self-esteem and mental health.

Migrateful’s mission is to empower and celebrate refugees and vulnerable migrants on their journey to integration, by supporting them to run their own cookery classes.

Online Cookery Classes

Our story

The Migrateful idea was borne following discussions with a group of refugee women at a Time Bank project in Tower Hamlets. The women in the group were all very qualified, yet were unemployed because of language barriers and their qualifications were not recognised in the UK. When asked about the skills they could share with the group, many of them said they could cook. This gave Jess the idea to launch Migrateful in July 2017; with the aim to get these women into employment by supporting them to share their incredible cooking skills with the world.

Our impact

Migrateful looks to support migrants in a number of ways relating to wellbeing, employability and integration. We provide our chefs with wider social networks, improved English language and communication skills, increased confidence, a source of income, and opportunities to celebrate and share their culture.


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Participants would recommend the class

Migrateful gives us the feeling of being part of a family, which we’ve been missing while living in the UK.

Elahe from Iran

Coming to this group we are not called a refugee or asylum seeker. We are called a person which means we get respect, love and care.

Noor from Pakistan

Our team

Learn more about the team that are bringing Migrateful cookery classes to a venue near you, and find out why working for Migrateful is important to our team and trustees.

Working at Migrateful

Discover exciting opportunities to join our growing team, whether it be volunteering at our evening cookery classes or becoming a Migrateful chef.




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