Rainbow Junktion Update

Just letting you all know that Rainbow Junktion is still open 🙂 

We are doing takeaway lunches between 12 and 3pm on Mondays and Thursdays (plus a shop and also food parcel pick up point for LCC) and on Fridays we are open 12-3pm for a shop only.

We are taking it day by day but hope to stay open and serving the community as long as possible.

We are also delivering to a few self isolating financially struggling families in the local area.

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy and send you lots of rainbow love at this difficult and strange time. Below is some more information about where you can get help if you need it and volunteering/donating. 

If you need food or help
– Leeds City Council have launched two helplines, so that people in need of support can call to be matched with a volunteer who can help 0113 376 0330 or 0113 378 1877

If you have fresh or tinned food that is unopened and going spare
– Please drop it off at the cafe between 9.30am and 3pm on a Monday, Thursday or Friday or contact us on facebook
– Please contact us before dropping if it is a large amount or you cannot drop it in the above times.

If you want to volunteer
– We are not taking on new volunteers at this time but Voluntary Action Leeds are coordinating volunteers across the city, if you are healthy and low risk then just fill in this form   https://tinyurl.com/w3gjvwp or email  info@val.org.uk or call 0113 2977920

If you have questions about Corona Virus

– The World Health Organisation has an excellent whats app where you can have your questions answered. You can join it here  https://tinyurl.com/vtyjax4

If you want to be part of a local mutual aid group
– Join this group and check out the pinned post with groups organised by postcode – https://www.facebook.com/groups/855572711535845/

If you could support the cafe financially

– You can donate directly to our bank account, just mark it as a donation, the details are – Bank:
CAF Bank Account name: Rainbow Junktion
Account number: 00031454
Sort Code: 40-52-40

Peace and rainbow love

Food delivery service

We now offer a food delivery service for those in financial need who are self isolating in the local area. This is on top of our existing takeaway service from the cafe itself.

We will be delivering takeaway boxes of today’s lunch in LS6 between 12pm and 3pm.

We have very limited food and ask that you only request this service if you are genuinely in need.

Please text 07490 543692 with the following information:

  • how many adults and children in the household
  • any dietary requirements
  • your address

We will try to serve everyone who gets in touch, but please bear with us as this is a new service, we have no idea how high demand will be and our food stocks are low.

We also ask that you stay at least 2 metres from the delivery person but smiles are very welcome.

Rainbow Junktion – takeaway only

After such serious consideration we have taken the difficult decision to move Rainbow Junktion to takeaway only from Monday 16th March. 

A small team of volunteers will cook Monday, Thursday and Friday and we will serve takeaways to anyone that comes between 12-2.30pm. As well as putting out basic supplies for people to take home. A decision will be taken about Friday’s bistro on Thursday. 

Careful hand washing and sanitising procedures will be in place. We have taken this decision in order to stop the spread of the corona virus and will do everything in our power to keep feeding people at this difficult time. 

If you want to help then please bring us all your takeaway containers as we will not have enough to last very long. Or check out the groups below who are organising help for the community. 

We urge people not to panic, just to take sensible measures. Most importantly look after yourselves and each other in these strange times.  Peace and rainbow love

Food for All & All for Food BISTRO

Food for All & All for Food on Friday 13th March at 7pm is an event aiming to support and connect local communities by raising awareness about food waste and by bringing people from different cultural and social backgrounds together under the same roof to enjoy a delicious night of diversity.

The event will be held in partnership with The Rainbow Junktion Cafe (charity cafe providing meals from food that would otherwise go to waste on a pay as you feel basis) and some Leeds University Union’s cultural societies, in the scope of raising funds and awareness, as well as highlighting the diversity of the Leeds community. As far as food is concerned, there’s going to be a buffet of various countries’ cuisines, and guests should pay as they see fit – come to enjoy!

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options will be available. Allergens and ingredients listed on food labels.

Please bring cash with you ! Everyone is welcome regardless of ability to pay, however a £5 donation is suggested.

Hosted by the Intercultural Ambassadors as part of University of Leeds, World Unite Festival.

The Intercultural Ambassadors programme is supported by funding from Santander Universities.

Book your tickets on our Facebook events page

Bistro featuring Lewis Burner – Friday 6th March

We are very excited to welcome back the unbelievably talented local singer/songwriter Lewis Burner to our next Rainbow Junction Bistro on Friday 6th March at 7pm.

There will of course also be a delicious three course dinner made from food saved from the bin and transformed by our clever volunteers. We will have all the main dietary options covered and everything will be pay-as-you-feel.

We will also be holding a collection of warm clothes/other useful things for amazing local group Helping Hands who are doing outreach to the sadly ever growing homeless community of Leeds. So if you have any good quality and clean clothes that you could donate then please bring them along on the night.

Please book a ticket to reserve your seat and then pay-as-you-feel on the night.

Rainbow Junktion Recipe Book launch Bistro – 21 February 2020

We are so excited to be launching our Rainbow Cookbook at a bistro night of delicious pay-as-you-feel food.

The cookbook is a culmination of a lot of work from staff, volunteers and customers and we are really proud of it. It will help us raise essential funds to keep our beautiful community cafe open.

Come and join us for dinner, celebrate with us and grab your copy (suggested minimum donation £5).

We are also looking for other local artists/zine makers who might want to sell their creations at the bistro … get in touch with emily@rainbowjunktion.org.uk if you would like to be involved.

To book your ticket go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rainbow-recipe-booklaunch-bistro-tickets-91587275005

Racial Justice Network Bistro – 7th February 2020

We are excited to be collaborating with fabulous local organisation Racial Justice Network in our next Bistro on 7th February.

‘We listen and work with communities on effective ways of challenging oppressive practices. We support individuals and groups to embolden confidence and skills to tackle challenges, and to run effective campaigns. We also support and encourage people to build solidarity, and to mobilise large communities of resistance to affect change. Our current work includes #StopTheScandal, a campaign to resist the use of mobile fingerprint scanners with links to immigration databases.’

Racial Justice Network

Why not come along for dinner and find out more about their work? Tickets can be booked here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-bistro-fundraiser-ft-racial-justice-network-tickets-90144036239

Introduction to British Sign Language (BSL)

Have you ever thought about learning British Sign Language? Here is your chance!

We are hosting three introductory sessions to learn some basic British Sign Language and discuss deaf awareness. No previous experience is necessary.

The sessions are free and will run from 11am to 12.30pm on Mondays 27th January, 3rd and 10th February with the option of a Pay-As-You-Feel lunch in the Rainbow Junktion Cafe afterwards.

We hope this will then go on to become a self sustaining learning group.