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Cafe Kalyna Sheffield: Cafe employing Ukrainian refugees and serving traditional food opens on Abbeydale Road UK News

Café Kalyna opened this week on Abbeydale Road, next to The Broadfield pub.

“We’re just trying to help any Ukrainian get a job, climb their career ladder, gain experience and get certification in catering,” says Sally Mastin, one of

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Cafe Kalyna, a new Ukrainian social enterprise cafe, has opened on Abbeydale Road, Sheffield. Pictured are Nian Malieieva and Olesandr Malieiev (photo by Scott Merrylees)

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She says every effort is made to create a pleasant working atmosphere for the refugees, with all the pleasures of home, including traditional Ukrainian food and music.

The cafe’s founders were able to keep it running thanks to a crowdfunding appeal which raised £5,000 to cover initial running costs, employee salaries and overheads.

Cafe Kalyna, a new Ukrainian social enterprise cafe, has opened on Abbeydale Road, Sheffield. Pictured is ‘Shuba’, a Ukrainian salad of pickled herring, eggs, vegetables and mayonnaise. Photo Scott Merrylee

To help Ukrainians develop their English, the founders brought together a variety of community resources, including volunteer teachers.

Additionally, refugees should have access to resume workshops, job application assistance and referrals.

“We do something better every day for the Ukrainian people”

One of the employees, Annastasiia Orlova, who was invited to teach art, said: “It’s a fantastic place with great potential. This place makes me feel at home.

Cafe Kalyna, a new Ukrainian social enterprise cafe, has opened on Abbeydale Road, Sheffield. Pictured are Sally Mastin and Alina Polishchuk. Photo Scott Merrylee

“There are a lot of Ukrainians there, as well as Ukrainian food and music. And we do something better for the people of Ukraine every day.

Anna Izotova, another staff member, thinks she might be able to work with Ukrainians and would benefit from practicing her English with them.

Some restaurateurs on the same street noticed the launch of this cafe and said Ukrainian food was great and authentic when they learned the reason the cafe opened.

Cafe Kalyna, a new Ukrainian social enterprise cafe, has opened on Abbeydale Road, Sheffield. Pictured is borscht – a Ukrainian beetroot soup. Photo Scott Merrylee

Gary Hutton, owner of a traveling pizzeria, said he had never eaten Ukrainian soup before.

The Shuba salad, which included herring, potatoes and beets, and looked like a cake, tasted fantastic.

“Everyone is incredibly cordial. I’m just glad it’s open because it’s a really wonderful setting. I want to offer whatever help I can,” Gary said.

Cafe Kalyna, a new Ukrainian social enterprise cafe, has opened on Abbeydale Road, Sheffield. Photo Scott Merrylee

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Source: www.thestar.co.uk
This notice was published: 2022-06-28 20:28:22

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