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Mazi Mas, creating delicious food and employment opportunities

Mazi Mas’s Aissatau Diagne and Carolin Goethel.

Beautiful exceptional cooks make up Mazi Mas,  a unique multi cultural pop-up restaurant and social enterprise that helps create employment opportunities for migrant refugee women in London.

It was created by Niki Kopcke, a half Greek half German gender specialist, who was inspired by Maria Mazoulis, a Greek woman who lived in the USA for 20 years and was an  extraordinary cook. Her  dream was to open her own bakery but was prevented  by her husband, who had old fashioned views regarding women.

The aim of Mazi Mas is to create employment opportunities for migrant and refugee women and bring their exciting food and cultural heritages to the local community. Carolin Goethel, Mazi Mas’s outreach and recruitment coordinator, said:  “We want to protect the cultural heritage that the women come with so they make their own food from their own countries.” She adds: “Usually the women we work with find it hard to get work in the UK, either because they can’t speak English very well or they have children and are not so flexible with the working hours. So we create a platform for them to work from and gain work experience from where they can move on and find a job or start their own business.” Continue reading

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Week 3 Blog: Getting vox pops for a news story

Pic: Jaz Watson: Big Issue trainee questions Green Party assembly member at Old Street roundabout

Pic: Jaz Watson: Big Issue trainee Carl Byrne questions Green Party assembly member Darren Johnson on safety improvements at Old Street roundabout

Trainee journalists from the Big Issue online journalism course ventured out on assignment from to Old Street roundabout in east London to canvas opinion on the proposed redevelopment due to be consulted on this summer.

TFL are holding consultation plans on replacing Old Street roundabout with work expected to commence next year, according to a TFL spokesperson.

TFL and the mayor’s office have proposed removing old street roundabout with the aim of making the junction safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

Between 1994 and 2012 there have been 70 accidents there: with one fatal and 17 serious.

Plans to redevelop the junction of Great Eastern Street and Shoreditch High Street have been suspended. On Friday, we met Darren Johnson, Green Party Assembly Member, at Old Street roundabout to discuss the proposals.

Pic Jaz Watson: Reporter Carl interviewing a cyclist about the proposed Old Street roundabout development.

Pic Jaz Watson: Reporter Carl interviewing a cyclist about the proposed Old Street roundabout development.

We also canvassed opinion on the proposed redevelopment plans with various members of the public. Those who were willing we asked a number of questions: what do you think of the redevelopment of Old Street roundabout, is the current flow of traffic a danger to cyclist’s?

We also spoke to a number of business owners asking if they were aware of the proposed redevelopment and if or how it might affect their business.

The following morning we returned to Old Street with our tutor to meet Darren Johnson, a Green Party assembly member, to discuss the proposals. We interviewed him at the cycle rank as he himself is a keen cyclist.

Mr Johnson was joined by a Cllr Caroline Russell, who was recently elected a Green Party Islington councillor.

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Week 2: Portraits

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Week 2: Local people and places of interest

Pic: Seb Taylor. Paul Smythe, co-owner of Farm Shop cafe in Dalston, which brings the countryside to the city by growing their own organic produce.

Pic: Seb Taylor. Paul Smythe, co-owner of Farm Shop cafe in Dalston, which brings the countryside to the city by growing their own organic produce.

Pic: Jaz Watson. Hackney farm cafe on Dalston lane grow their own food and keeps chickens for fresh eggs, providing customers with fresh and local organic food

Pic: Jaz Watson. Hackney farm cafe on Dalston lane grow their own food and keeps chickens for fresh eggs, providing customers with fresh and local organic food

The site of former CLR James, Dalston. Now occupied by St Giles Trust and home of the Big Issue online journalism course.

The site of former CLR James, Dalston. Now occupied by St Giles Trust and home of the Big Issue online journalism course.

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Unity Trust Bank’s 30th birthday good for business

Ethical business bank Unity Trust Bank has today released a report on its 30th birthday revealing that it has more than doubled its lending to social economy organisations.

Last year saw Unity invest in projects as diverse as financing in existing and new care homes and purchasing a hostel for the homeless.

One customer to benefit is Sandwell Community Caring Trust (SCCT), which was provided with a £3.5million loan alongside a £375,000 investment from Big Issue Invest.

The money will be used to buy a 62-bed specialist dementia care home in West Bromwich.

For more info visit http://www.unity.co.uk

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