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Case Study: Syrian Pop-up Cafe in Colchester

Name of groupRefugee Action – Colchester
Name of ProjectSyrian Pop Up Cafe
Contact for more information07503027734
Aim of projectIntergartion, enjoyment, outreach
Project DescriptionWe have regular Syrian Pop up cafes run by local people from Colchester – only a couple of us and lots of the Syrians who have recently resettled here. They have drawn crowds of 2,000 in a weekend.
Project fundingFree venue at local gallery – Firstsite but otherwise self funded and we pay living wage to the Syrians involved. any profit goes to support other refugees and asylum seekers we help.
Challenges and Successlanguage barrier – largely overcome by good English form some of the Syrians and an Arabic speaker on the team 🙂
Impact (numbers engaged, attitude change, empowerment of refugees etc.)Several Syrians have gained jobs from this and we are on the brink of setting up as a business – already been asked to cater for local events 🙂 Served 5,000 people over 3 weekends. Found new befrienders, shared positive Syrian image, learned more about each other, eaten great food.