Ukrainian refugees are to be offered job assistance in a famous Dublin café

Ukrainian refugees are to be offered employment and training assistance at a famous Dublin cafe, which also puts “Red Cross Buns” on its menu to support humanitarian efforts.

ewley’s Cafe on Grafton Street will be selling the pastry in lieu of its usual Hot Cross variant until Easter, with all proceeds going to the Irish Red Cross.

In conjunction with the fundraiser, the cafe is bringing on interpreters to offer a practical welcome and employment advice and training service to newcomers fleeing the war in their home country in support of the Irish Red Cross.

Donna O’Leary, General Manager at Bewley’s said: “We want the cafe to be a place for people to start their Ireland journey, as so many have before them.

“In the current crisis there is a real need for interpreters and we have set up a team of two Ukrainian speakers in the cafe to help people who need an introduction to services or help with employment.

“This isn’t just about Bewley’s – we also want to help connect people to other potential employers and services.”

She said Bewley’s wants to work with people to help them find suitable employment using their vast network

“At Bewley’s, we have vacancies in our bakery and at headquarters, from entry-level positions to skills such as barista, sales and engineering, and we offer internationally recognized training.”

Interpreters Oksana Karbiwska and her daughter Kamilia are Ukrainian nationals who have settled in Ireland and are happy to help their compatriots.

Oksana, 42, who is from Lviv and left Ukraine when she was 19, said: “We are here to help put people at ease and be a friendly face in a new country.

“We are happy to do something practical as it was difficult being in Ireland and feeling helpless while our Ukrainian compatriots were suffering.”

The Bewley family arrived in Ireland as refugees and the company, founded on Quaker principles, has been helping Ireland’s newcomers since the 1840’s.

“We are following in the tradition of Victor Bewley, who in 1956 employed and trained people who fled Hungary on foot after the uprising – some of whom designed and baked the cafe’s most iconic offerings,” Ms O’Leary said.

The Irish Red Cross have worked with Bewley’s to identify practical needs on the ground.

Liam O’Dwyer, General Secretary of the Irish Red Cross, said: “This is a good response to the current situation, part fundraising, part practical. There is a real need for displaced people to feel welcome in their own language and to have access to counseling and employment opportunities.”

Bewley’s Red Cross Buns will retail for €4 each or €20 for a box of 6, with all proceeds going to the charity. Ukrainian refugees are to be offered job assistance in a famous Dublin café

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