Celebrating Sanctuary London on the South Bank 15 June brings you food stalls and information & activities from our partners
Mazí Mas is a roaming restaurant that showcases the culinary talents and diverse cultural heritages of migrant women in London. ‘Mazí Mas’ means ‘with us’ in Greek, and creates a space in which long-term unemployed and socially marginalised women can open their own restaurant, an unrealised dream for many. Our aims are to give women an independent income, to develop their culinary skills in a professional setting, to reduce the social isolation that many of them experience, and to preserve their recipes and diverse cultural heritages. We work with women who have been out of the labor market for many years and therefore find it exceedingly difficult to find work, let alone work that is fulfilling and promotes a sense of accomplishment and self-worth. Mazí Mas believes that we have much to learn from the experiences of refugee and migrant women about thrift, sustainability, slow food, and making things by hand. We seek to recognize and reward their skills and expertise, and to build networks that will encourage and support them to start their own food businesses or women-led food cooperatives.
Just Bread London
Refugee women need a space and an environment where they are no longer isolated; where they can meet other refugee women; learn new skills; share their knowledge; eventually find employment, and start to rebuild their lives in the UK. At Just Bread London, we have created that space.
We are helping refugee women find a path to employment through bread making by giving them the skills they need to seek work as accomplished artisan bakers. We provide practical instruction encompassing both baking and employability skills development, as well as logistical and moral support to enable our trainees to build independent lives in the UK.