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Our ESOL staff and students recently welcomed Emma Bamber, manager at Café Laziz in St Helens, along with some of her current volunteers.

Cafe Laziz, which is named after the Arabic word for delicious, was launched as an innovative way to integrate recently settled refugees and asylum seekers into the local community by offering the opportunity to train and work in the café, all while improving their English skills.

Emma and her volunteers came into College to speak to our students about their community-based project and Café, and to welcome any new volunteers. The Café is open to the public, offering a range of cuisines from around the world, created by the volunteers.

In the future, Emma hopes to continue to grow the project and bring the volunteer's cuisine out of their Peter Street base to Food Festivals and Events around the local area, allowing the volunteers to share their culture with even more people and raise awareness in the wider community.

Discover more by visiting their dedicated Facebook page: