Lively

Lively

Enterprise name: Lively

What’s the trading activity? 

We train and employ young jobseekers aged 18-25 to offer a range of social and practical support services for older community members. These services include home care, technology help, gardening and most recently a range of remote supports through the COVID-19 outbreak.

How are you going with the work?

Obviously, 2020 has been a tough year! We work with two beneficiary groups that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak; young people (who have lost employment in key industries such as retail and hospitality), and older people (who are at high risk from the virus and have been especially isolated). In this context, we’ve had to pivot our strategy towards the delivery of a range of remote supports during this time, and some of our other plans have been pushed back, but what’s been really pleasing is that we’ve actually been able to expand our overall reach and impact during this time. We’re really excited about exploring how we can sustain some of the relationships and connections forged during this time to accelerate our growth and impact as we move out of lockdown!

What is your hope for the future?

We know that Australia’s population is ageing, and that the aged care workforce isn’t growing fast enough to keep up with demand. We also know that a large proportion of the jobs that young people currently rely on for entry level experience are at high risk of automation and change in the coming decades. In this context, our hope and goal is to build a community where supporting older people to live well and stay connected has become a mainstream employment opportunity for young people – just as retail and hospitality are today. In this vision:

– Young people will have access to meaningful and rewarding employment;
– Older people will have access to the support they need to keep enjoying life; and
– Older people will have the space to share their experience and wisdom back with the young – supporting young people’s development and fostering a renewed sense of value for our older community members.

Go to lively.org.au

The Oranges Toolkit

The Oranges Toolkit

Enterprise name  The Oranges Toolkit

What’s the trading activity  The Oranges Toolkit builds resilient, mentally healthy and change-ready workforces via effective, evidence-based, measurable and practical wellbeing programs.

We partner with public and private sector organisations to build employee wellbeing, mental health and resilience so their staff can perform at their best. When staff feel at their best, they are more engaged, productive, collaborative and able to think more innovatively and creatively. This results in better business outcomes such as reduced turnover and absenteeism, increased productivity, better engagement levels and improved financial returns.

The Oranges Toolkit framework uniquely applies the latest research in positive psychology, neuroscience and emotional intelligence across seven segments: Optimism, Resilience, Attitude (mindset), Now (mindfulness), Gratitude, Energy and Strengths. We offer highly engaging and experiential training programs, both live and virtual, with practical tools to embed knowledge and organisational change.

As Camp Quality’s social enterprise, 100% of the profits go towards supporting kids facing cancer in Australia.

What’s the social or environmental cause your enterprise addresses?

The Oranges Toolkit’s cultural and social impact is delivered in two ways:

– via wellbeing and resilience-building programs provided to business leaders and professionals within large organisations and government departments, and

– through profit returned to Australia’s most reputable children’s cancer charity*, Camp Quality.

Our measurable wellbeing, leadership and resilience-building programs improve employee engagement, prevent mental ill-health and enable business leaders to lead agile, high performing teams. Program participants report that our practical tools improve wellbeing in their personal and professional lives.

The Oranges Toolkit’s engaging workshops, virtual learning and coaching services encourage leaders and organisations to realise individual and organisational potential through the practical application of positive psychology, neuroscience and emotional intelligence. More than 50 organisations and 3000 Australian professionals have benefitted from The Oranges Toolkit since its inception in 2017.

All profits from The Oranges Toolkit go to Camp Quality to support kids facing cancer in Australia. Camp Quality provides opportunities to create positive memories and change the cancer story for kids aged 0-13 and their families: in hospital, at home, at school and away from it all. 

*Camp Quality is proud to be Australia’s most reputable children’s cancer charity for kids aged 0-13 as per the Australian Charity Reputation Index 2019.

What is the biggest challenge?

The mental health of employees is a huge challenge for businesses – there is no more important time to develop mental health and wellbeing in Australia.

• Almost half (45%) of the Australian population between 16-85 are likely to experience a mental disorder at some time in their lives, with almost (20%) of them likely to experience a mental disorder in the previous 12 months. Importantly, these statistics are pre-COVID (National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, 2007)
• Professor Allan Fels suggests mental health is more significant for our economy than tax and micro-economic reforms. Additionally, a 2014 PwC report suggested that actions to create a mentally healthy workplace can expect an average positive return on investment (ROI) of $2.30 to every dollar.

Building resilience of individual employees is key to fostering a mentally healthy and high-performing workforce.

Go to   theorangestoolkit.com.au

Small Fires

Small Fires

Enterprise name  Small Fires

What’s the trading activity  We make kid’s books about growing up in different places around the world, that help little learners build empathy skills. Our stories are written by locals who tell what it’s really like to grow up in different countries, and which celebrate both our similarities and our differences.

What’s the social or environmental cause your enterprise addresses?

We make real stories by real people about real places. That is to say, we make kid’s books that show what it’s really like to grow up in a different countries. Growing up, our understanding of the world was fuelled by news, advertising and very few (and boring) books, all of them selling a picture that was far from reality. Our stories are what we wish we’d had growing up: stories that show what it’s really like in other countries, with no agenda other than to build understanding, respect and empathy.

We partner with local change-makers from each country to write our stories, using their memories and photos to make the final book as true to life as possible. Money from each book (10% of revenue and 50% of profits) then goes back into supporting the change-makers work, empowering local leaders in that community.

How are you going with the work?

We’ve spent the last two years making the story and bringing it to life collaboratively, with four amazing women from around the world. It’s been a labour of love but we’re thrilled with what we’ve created together. Because our model involves profit-sharing, we’re not going with a traditional publisher and doing this ourselves. We’re currently selling advanced copies of our books (we need to sell 600 to be precise), to cover the costs of our first printing round. We’re excited to finally be sharing our story with the world, but finally getting started on the sales front is daunting!

Go to smallfires.co

No Corners Housing

Enterprise name  No Corners Housing

What’s the trading activity?  Low-embodied energy and carbon, low fire risk, and affordable housing design and construction is what our infant enterprise is interested in advancing. Bringing innovations to concrete construction through reducing carbon emissions, including recycled materials, reducing weight without compromising strength, incorporating sod earth roofing so parklands can be developed and remain parklands, and aiming for low embodied energy-dependent housing over the long term is what we seek to do. The enterprise is at the stage of bringing stakeholders together to plan out the first steps toward making affordable, group, and residential developments in the social, disability, and aged care housing sectors.

What’s the social or environmental cause your enterprise addresses?

Climate Change
Green Housing
Green Urban Development
Affordable Housing / Homelessness
Disability Housing
Aged Care Housing Models
High Fire Danger Areas Housing Models

How are you going with the work?

The project is in its infancy. As my startup is in housing design and construction, I will need expertise in the planning and execution of the first stages which will be to identify partners to build a proof of concept housing design through to construction.

Food Next Door

Food Next Door

Enterprise name  Food Next Door Co-op

What’s the trading activity 

We operate Out of the Box, a weekly local produce box scheme of 100% local produce grown to organic and regenerative practices. Approximately 80 households in Sunraysia currently subscribe to Out of the Box.

What’s the social or environmental cause your enterprise addresses?

Out of the Box supports small-scale farmers; we guarantee a minimum 50% return from each box directly to local farmers. We donate $1 from every box directly to support an intern in our on-farm training program for new migrant farmers. Remaining profits are re-invested in Food Next Door’s Community Demonstration Farm to build community and sustainable local economies through food.

How are you going with the work?

Since COVID-19 restrictions we have seen a 30% increase in weekly sales. We were able to respond quickly by increasing plantings at our community farm and supporting our small-scale farmers to increase plantings on their farms too. So far our supply is keeping up (more or less) with demand and we hope to continue building our customer base.

Go to  foodnextdoor.org.au