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

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.

Unity Day 3rd August 2019

A fabulous time at Hyde Park Unity Day on the Rainbow Junktion stall. A BIG THANK YOU to the volunteers for cooking and serving with us. Also incredibly emotional about winning a community recognition award. And we made £400 to put towards the cafe so thank you all.

“The breakfast cafe where customers don’t have to pay”

A really interesting article about some of the “Pay what you like …. if you like” or Pay As You Feel (PAYF) cafes that are around the country now.


It is sad that we have so much food waste that needs dealing with and that we have so much food poverty as well. When are we going grasp the fact that there is more than enough to go round, we just need to share and not waste!

Calais Collection

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.

The rest of the list can be found here