We’ve proven the financial viability, refined our social enterprise model, and along the way successfully employed and trained 12 young people facing barriers to employment. Now it’s time to take over Sydney.
To say our ambitions are high would be an understatement. Our goal is to roll out a fleet of food trailers over the next 12-24 months to service construction sites across Sydney.
This is the message we were sending on Tuesday when we launched the Kick Start Café model to members of the Property Council of Australia.
After having the chance to mingle with our team and sample the great coffee from our first (of many!) food trailers, it was time to move to the theatre inside the Museum of Sydney for the formal presentation.
The presentation gave attendees a chance to learn more about our program and how Kick Start Café could work on their sites.
After watching a brief video with some of our previous trainees from the original Kick Start Café in Riverwood (and with a tear in the eye), the audience was hooked and keen to learn more.
PAYCE Foundation Director Dominic Sullivan was quick to point out construction sites need to provide a café/canteen facility to cater for workers, and Kick Start Café is a perfect opportunity for Sydney’s development industry to participate in meaningful social procurement.
“We are looking to partner with construction and development companies who want to assist young people get a start in life… By supporting the Kick Start Café social enterprise, companies can directly address social disadvantage.”
Our guests had the opportunity to learn how our training program works, what the food trailers sell, and how they operate within construction sites and the greater community. However it wasn’t all business.
Two of our previous graduates were on the panel to share their stories with the crowd, showing the real benefit of what we are offering – The opportunity to change lives.
One of our graduate’s was 23-year old Paniora.
“Before Kick Start Café I was in a very difficult situation – I wasn’t able to pay my bills. Then I got a call from a youth worker from the Riverwood Community Centre saying there was this new café at Washington Park and they were able to train young people and pay them at the same time. So I saw this as an opportunity for me to take control over my life and be able to do the things I couldn’t do before.”
Paniora has never looked back and now works as a youth worker at the Belmore Youth and Resource Centre.
“When you have soft entry points like Kick Start Café, you can give disengaged and disadvantaged kids the opportunity to take control over their lives and unlock their potential.” Paniora said.
It was great for our audience to see the impact the Kick Start Café program has on its trainees, and the great social outcomes our partners will be involved with.
Feedback from the launch has been overwhelmingly positive, and we have received multiple inquiries from potential site partners, so now starts the journey of realising our dreams.