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This is our fourth newsletter and we hope you find them useful. 

We still have approx 10 free spaces for our workshop on Thursday 2nd May 6.30-9.30pm at St Ethelburga's Centre for Peace and Reconciliation .  It's a great chance to meet the team and fellow befrienders.  If you can come and haven't replied already, please rsvp to

For some reason there seems to be a bit of a bread-theme to our upcoming opportunities....

Just Bread is a great initiative that brings together refugees to share their skills and cultural heritage whilst acquiring the skills of a professional baker.  All of their trainee bakers are refugees living in London. 

The Refugee Council are running a new programme of Just Bread in partnership with E5 Bakehouse. Starting on the 30th April, it is a 10 week bread-baking course taking place in Hackney and Poplar.  It's for those with the right to work so if your friend has refugee status or humanitarian protection and is interested in baking call 020 7346 1047 or email for more info.

Then there's Breadwinners, a charity that provides training and jobs for refugees across their London farmers market stalls. They have two programmes:

BREADWINNERS PROGRAMME. Supports refugees who already have status and are struggling to find work with their first employment opportunities to independently sustain themselves and progress.  

RISERS PROGRAMME. Provides early intervention support for young people (16-24yrs old) seeking asylum to gain UK work experience and receive mentoring so they are better integrated and prepared to gain employment when they receive status.

And Mike's Table's next event is on Friday 26th April at 7.30pm called Breaking Bread - a meal to share.  They're venturing out east to a community hub and award winning bakery called Today Bread in Walthamstow. There will be 3 courses, made from surplus food, devised on the night by their fabulous chefs. Free tickets are available to HostNation befrienders and their friends.  Email if you'd like to go. 

A couple of non-bread things that may also be of interest:

Kimiyaa is a new refugee charity based in London that organise matches between refugees and local professional mentors.  It started in Germany and is now here.  For example if someone is interested in programming they can find them a professional programmer to mentor them.  They are working with the LSE and LBS to find student mentors.  They are looking for participants - ideally young men and women of all ages. Contact for more info. 

It's 2015. A young Syrian man enters a community centre, covered in flour and looking for help. He finds Cath, a cleaner, who reluctantly lets him stay in her son’s room. A split second decision which will change her life forever. 

Don’t Look Away is a powerful new production from NOVAE theatre. A critical tale of compassion and an investigation into our collective response to the international refugee crisis. It will be playing at the Pleasance Islington from 7th - 18th May. 

Made with support from our friends at Refugees at Home, the Refugee Council and Young Roots.
And more things for free in London:

1.  There are free tickets still available for the Mandela exhibition for any day except Sat (but includes Sundays) expiring May 19th email 
2. The Museum of Migration in SE1 is free entry and has an interesting programme of events 
3. The V&A's Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is also free and fun for friends with kids in tow
4. The Horniman Museum has lots of events especially over the Easter weekend

To find out more of what's on over the Easter weekend: 
Crack open the full guide to Easter in London

Have a happy and sunny Easter everyone! 
the HostNation team

PS. Here are HostNation directors Anneke & Rossana messing about in the photo booth at the last Mike's Table event.
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