Our Managers

Manager – Emily Carrigan

Hi, I am Emily (pronouns she/her) and I have been the cafe manager of Rainbow Junktion since 2017. Originally from Worthing (on the south coast) I moved to Leeds in February 2017 after 9 years living in France (Paris for the most part and then a year volunteering in Calais). I really enjoyed living in France and did a variety of things out there over the years from au pair to bar management to film distribution. However I have come to absolutely love Leeds and am so happy to call this city my home (I even have a Yorkshire Rose tattoo now). Outside of work I love to cook, read queer literature and I try to get out into the countryside as much as possible in my campervan. I live in a housing co-operative that feels like family and am very lucky to have found a brilliant supportive community both here at the cafe and around the city more generally. Although it is a big city there is a lot of strong local community work happening and it is exciting for Rainbow Junktion to be able to part of that along with our many excellent partners. I feel very lucky to have landed here at Rainbow Junktion and I am extremely proud of what we are doing, using food waste to tackle food poverty whilst making a beautiful community space at the same time is no small feat and I am incredibly grateful to all the volunteers and supporters who make it happen week in and week out. 


Assistant Manager – Edi Boon

Hey, I’m Edie (they/them pronouns) and I am the brand new assistant café manager at Rainbow Junktion! I moved to Leeds from London 7 years ago, and I have done lots of different things including being a musician, working in cafes, and working with LGBTQ+ young people. I have been involved in community organising since I was young, around everything from the environment to people’s rights. In my spare time I love to play music, spend time with friends, and explore all the green parts of Leeds and beyond. I started volunteering at Rainbow Junktion during the Covid19 lockdown as I love to cook and I wanted to use my free time to be helpful with my local communities. It is a very exciting opportunity to be the assistant manager, and I feel incredibly grateful to be part of a community space which is working to tackle such huge issues as food poverty and food waste.