Have you asked your friends, neighbours, relatives who can get out of the house to buy you food? Are you able to afford food but are in isolation and have no one who can bring it over, or are you waiting too long for deliveries? Check out this document which lists all the food available … Continue reading What to do if you need food
The REfUSE staff and volunteers are all mourning the closure of our cafe and cancellation of catering events: who would have thought we'd ever miss washing up! We miss our wonderful volunteer community and all the busy vibes of the cafe. However, we are keeping busy! We are receiving messages every day from people who … Continue reading COVID-19 Response: update 31st March
Following the advice given by the Government on Monday 16th March, discussion with health care professionals we know and other local organisations, we have made the difficult decision to close the café. We want to take a lead in protecting the health of our customers and volunteers, particularly those who are most vulnerable, and gathering … Continue reading COVID-19 Update 19th March
Our Susie has been with us right from the early days of REfUSE, in various different roles. We have lost count of the number of times we've said "what would we do without Susie?"... well, now we're going to learn - she is going to have a baby! We can't wait to meet our new … Continue reading We’re hiring – again!
Catering Manager Are you looking for an opportunity to work in a dynamic social enterprise with a strong social mission? Do you believe the scale of food waste globally is unsustainable and shocking? Do you believe in the power of food to bring together community across any background or barrier? Do you describe yourself as … Continue reading We’re hiring!
There are a few different figures around, and there has never a full study on it, but Unilever/WRAP estimate that in 2014, 2 million Christmas dinners were wasted across the United Kingdom: equivalent to 263,000 turkeys; 7.5 million mince pies; 740,000 slices of Christmas pudding; 17.2 million Brussels sprouts; 11.9 million carrots and 11.3 million roast potatoes. Each host … Continue reading Christmas is coming…
We’re aiming to feed up to 80 people on Christmas Day, a very special dinner made from crazy amounts of surplus food supermarkets throw away on Christmas Eve. We are taking bookings from local organisations supporting people experiencing homelessness, mental health issues and loneliness, along with lots of our cafe regulars and volunteers. It promises … Continue reading Christmas Day: can you help?
Lisa arrived at the cafe and offered to 'Pay As You Feel' for her tea and cake with her writing skills: here is a guest blog on her experience! This was my second visit to REfUSE Cafe, and I can honestly say that from the moment that I walked in on both occasions the warmth … Continue reading Guest blog: a warm welcome at REfUSE
For August bank holiday weekend, some of team REfUSE headed to Greenbelt Fesitval. Our team cooked (we think) a couple of thousand meals to festival goers in the Christian Aid tent, using only food that would otherwise have gone to waste. It was an inventive, creative challenge, and an amazing, delicious effort in a HOT … Continue reading Poetry from Greenbelt Festival
Recently we have been considering how our little cafe has contributed to Sustainable Development and, using the UN’s SDGs as a framework, we have put together this summary - have a look and let us know what you think! Re-f-use - Impact on SDGs The Sustainable Development Solutions Network Index suggests that the UK has work to do … Continue reading Our Impact