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Ethiopian Buticha – for meatless Mondays and more

Woin’s used to skepticism from dedicated meat-eaters, but she’s out to convince the world that vegan food can be varied, delicious and accessible. And as an Orthodox Christian who avoids meat on for more than two-thirds of the year, she’s armed with plenty of recipes to convince the naysayers. She recently worked her magic on a community centre in Bromley by Bow, who had said they wanted meat for their event because they thought vegan Read more…

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Dear Migrateful supporter,

Here are some questions you may want to know about Migrateful… 1. What problem does Migrateful address? Migrateful seeks to address the lack of support provided to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants on their integration journey. Firstly, our chefs are asylum seekers without the right to work and no recourse to public funds. Over 65 million people around the globe have had to flee their homes in recent years due to conflict or natural disaster Read more…

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Siege Soup for Syria

Siege Soup for Syria: Monday 27th November 7 – 9pm Pembroke House, SE17 1QR This evenings line up: We will serve siege soup followed by a presentation from Migrateful chef and Syrian civil rights activist Majeda Khouri about the Syrian siege. We will have a Skype call from Dr Mohamed Khatob living in Turkey who was inside Ghouta when the siege began and then with Nivin Hotary, mother, teacher and activist who’s inside the surrounded area Read more…

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Cooking up companionship in the Migrateful kitchen

Some anthropologists say that sharing food is what makes us human. There’s nothing else we do that is so central to making us feel part of a group. Sharing food is an opportunity to physically support each other and to share companionship through mealtime conversation. A companion, deriving from the Spanish “con pan” meaning “with bread”, is someone with whom to share your bread. Research shows that the tradition of eating together as a family Read more…

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The privilege of home | Jess Thompson | OPENx 2017 Shortlist

In her poignant talk Jess explores the privilege of home and introduces us to people who have been forced to leave theirs with little hope of ever returning. With stories of people she has met through working with migrant communities in the UK and abroad, Jess reminds us that today, perhaps more than ever before, those who can leave and come back need to be more mindful of those who cannot.

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Planes and Prejudice: cultural fault lines in the Meadows

Overcoming ethnic tensions in one of the UK’s lowest-income council estates As part of the Year Here Fellowship, our team was asked to carry out a two-month consultancy project in the Meadows Estate, one of the most deprived estates in the UK. Home to 1755 residents, the estate is located in the borough of Hounslow, famed for its appearance in the film Bend It Like Beckham. Conversations are often interrupted by the unbearably loud sound of an Read more…

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The Beyond English Club

I want to live in a society where the likes of Jolanta, Claudia, Leonor, Ahmad and Noor can feel fully integrated members of our community. This is what inspired me to start the Beyond English Club which became a form of group therapy for everyone, myself included. For example, we took time defining words like home, community, equality, violence, peace, loneliness, family and integration. One session discussing romantic love, they ask me if I’m married. “No I’m single”. I share that Read more…

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Falling From The Sky

I recently finished a six month placement at the Bromley-by-Bow community centre, located in Tower Hamlets, one of the poorest and most ethnically diverse boroughs in London. 43% of residents are born outside of the UK and come from over 200 different countries. My desk was placed in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) office. Individuals with an extremely low level of English (despite having lived in the UK for 5, 10, 15 years) Read more…

Bombs, bare-bums and xenophobia
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Bombs, Bare-bums and Xenophobia

On holiday last July, we four Brits got changed behind some bushes beside a busy lake on the outskirts of Montpelier. To the groups delight, Tom mid-change tripped and fell bare-bottomed onto a rock. We all laughed a lot. A few minutes later an aggressive looking French man appeared and shouted “English? English?” whilst thrusting his clenched fist. “Um yes English” we replied. “Don’t like English! English not welcome!” he repeated in his thick French Read more…