There are still almost 1000 people sleeping rough in Calais since the destruction of informal refugee camp ‘The Jungle’.
I will be taking the donations to Help Refugees, an amazing charity I worked with when I was in Calais. Their urgent needs list is quite specific and I will aim to only take items from it (list below and photo attached) as they do not have enough volunteers to sort unneeded donations. If people have any of these things that they no longer need and that are in clean and in good condition then please bring them to us. If you don’t have any of these items but do have some cash then why not take a look around the local charity shops to get them 🙂 Urgent needs: • Walking boots (sizes 40-43) • Practical warm jackets and waterproofs • Thermal leggings • Tents and tarpaulins • Sleeping bags and blankets • Rain ponchos
Rainbow Junktion cafe will be a donation drop off point during opening hours (11am-3pm Monday, Thursday and Friday) until the8th February.
Rainbow Junktion cafe uses intercepted waste food to serve lunch every Monday, Thursday and Friday to anyone that walks through the door. We are trying to fight food poverty with food waste and we really need a vehicle to carry out this mission!
In order to pick up the food from various places around Leeds (TRJFP in Pudsey, Waitrose in Meanwood, several Tesco branches around the city, RK Harris in Headingley to name a few) and keep us open for the community we need a good working van specifically for the cafe. We are hoping to source one for £2000 and really need your help.
Everything at the cafe is pay-as-you-feel but many of our customers are vulnerable, homeless, socially isolated or in financial difficulties and so are not able to contribute much. The café not only provides nutritious food but helps to build a sense of community and provides a safe warm space for people to come, get advice or use the wifi/charging facilities. We have no other source of steady income so a big expense like a van is not really possible without you!
Our crazy cafe manager, Emily Carrigan, will be running the Leeds Half Marathon on the 13th May to raise money to help keep the cafe running.
We have achieved so much in the last year, a cafe redecoration, an extra day a week opening and great food quality. To be able to continue this work we need to cover our running costs as many of our customers are unable to pay much.
Please give generously to support this safe, warm space and it’s continued place at the heart of the Hyde Park community.
This evening we took delivery of a fantastic Ridan food composter which we are going to use to compost all the wasted and left over food from the cafe.
A huge thank you to Mark Warner (centre) for making our dreams come true, and to Richard and Heston for helping to unload and install the composter. Mark runs Plate2Plate Compost – he collects food waste from his local community, composts it and sells it locally which helps to reduce the amount of waste that is transported around. It also raises awareness of how much we do waste and the real cost, or benefit, of this waste.
Some of the compost will go to Mark as payment for transporting the composter for us and some of it will be used for growing plants in the church garden.