Mosaik Experiences

Mosaik Experiences

Enterprise name  Mosaik Experiences

What’s the trading activity  Mosaik Experiences is a social enterprise that aims to inspire a sense of community and belonging, by blending the power of arts and culture.

We provide unique, authentic, memorable and participative cultural experiences which include music, dance, art & crafts, language and food, perfect for lifestyle programs and celebrations at aged care facilities, disability and senior groups.

Our workshops, programs and entertainment generate opportunities for enjoyment, welcoming and inclusive environment and, at the same time, creates a connection among the participants.

As a social enterprise, we generate job opportunities for migrants who are part of the team performing and facilitating the experiences. We also support social programs for seniors and people with disabilities at community houses.

Our vision is a happier, more inclusive and more connected society.

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

We exist to address cultural and social isolation in Australia, particularly with migrants, older adults and people with disabilities.

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Sister Works

Sister Works

Enterprise name SisterWorks

What’s the trading activity?

SisterWorks is a not-for-profit social enterprise, based in Melbourne. Through work and entrepreneurship, our mission is to support women who are refugees, asylum seekers or migrants to improve their confidence, mental wellbeing and sense of belonging.

Our Vision: An Australia where all migrant women are given the opportunities to become economically empowered.

We function as an enterprise by selling ethical and sustainable products that are handmade my our migrant, refugee and asylum seeker Sisters in weekly workshops. These workshops develop their professional skills to increase opportunity for employment and education. At least 50% of the profit from each sale goes directly to the Sister that makes it.

We are based in Melbourne, with two stores, one in Richmond and the other in South Yarra.

What is your hope for the future?

We hope to expand our model to reach migrant, refugee and asylum seeker women all across Australia. We want to go to them rather then depending on the women to come to us.

How are you going with the work?

Our model of work has shifted greatly, given the current Covid situation. Our sales are now all online, with our retail stores closing face to face contact.

As our Empowerment hubs and shops have suspended face to face contact, we have shifted online and we are using creativity to move forward. Our highest priority is to keep our Sisters engaged and economically empowered. We decided that if our Sisters cannot come to us, we can go to them using technology and visiting them in their homes. To do this we are embracing our ‘learning by doing’ approach and implementing a proactive, remote activities model.

To maintain engagement with our Sisters in an environment of physical distancing, we have started e-classes and created individual support plans for each Sister. Our regular skill development workshops are still functioning via live, video meetings on a weekly basis. All of the resources, materials and instructions are delivered directly to our Sisters’ homes using the necessary precautions around physical distancing. We want our Sisters to continue to be engaged and each week we aim to involve more and more Sisters.

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Collingwood Toy Library

Collingwood Toy Library

Enterprise name  Collingwood Toy Library

What’s the cause  The Collingwood Toy Library is a not-for-profit community managed organisation that provides a toy lending service to families with young children. We have 27 years’ experience promoting the educational value of play for young children and encouraging positive adult/child interactions through the provision of quality toys, games and equipment. By enabling families to borrow rather than buy, we assist families’ sustainability both financially as well as environmentally.

What’s the trading activity  The Collingwood Toy Library has an extensive range of toys for loan to member families. The stock includes quality toys, games, puzzles, musical instruments, costumes and other play equipment, which is selected to stimulate the development of children, including those with special needs. We currently have over 900 children who use the library.

How are you going with the work?  Over the past 3 years the toy library has grown from 300 member families to over 630 member families, that’s the biggest we have ever been in our 27 year history. We are one of the largest Toy Libraries in Australia and are continuing to grow. We have expanded our collection to include board games and puzzles for families with older kids as well as adults playing without children and we now have a huge selection of 1000 table top games for families of all ages.

Biggest challenge  Our biggest challenge is lack of physical space to store and display over 4300 toys while still providing a space that is welcoming and serves as an informal meeting space for local parents.

Hope for the future   We hope to continue to expand to be able to offer the great range of toys and friendly advice that our members rely on.

Good Cycles

Good Cycles

Enterprise name  Good Cycles

What’s the cause  Good Cycles provides young people who are at risk of disengagement with employment opportunities to improve their future prospects.
By delivering training, support and on the job experience, our young people are better equipped to enter the workforce into meaningful employment.

What’s the trading activity  Good Cycles is comprised of two main trading streams. We operate three bike stores, providing bike servicing and sales. Our Melbourne CBD store stocks new bikes and E-Bikes, our Geelong Community Bike Hub refurbishes and sells donated bikes and our Bike Hub on Harbour Esplanade focuses on servicing and accessories. We provide on-site bike servicing and are currently expanding that service to provide full-suite wellbeing programs for companies to encourage their staff to consider commuting to work on a bike. We also offer a range of business services including on site car cleaning, logistics services and on-street small asset maintenance. These services are delivered by a group of dedicated staff and provides the majority of our transitional employment positions.

How are you going with the work?  Our stores and on-site servicing presence has grown steadily over the time we have been in operation. We are well known in Melbourne as a cycling store that is more than just a bike shop, we are bike shop that does good.
Our business service offerings are growing with support from our partners and funders and we have expanded from offering services only in the Greater Melbourne area, to now delivering these services in Melbourne, Geelong and Sydney!

Biggest challenge  The biggest challenge we face currently is balancing our limited resources and what we want to achieve!
Our team work hard to achieve great outcomes for our young people, our commercial partners everyone who steps inside our bike store or are interested in our services.

Hope for the future   We aim to provide 100 employment transitions within the business per year by 2022. We want to see that young people have jobs and better futures.

GAME Traffic & Contracting

GAME Traffic & Contracting

Enterprise name   GAME Traffic & Contracting

What’s the cause  We support and assist regional youth to discover their capabilities and inspire them to stay at school, resulting in employment and financial independence.

Our program, Geared4Careers, is fully funded through our commercial activities and is embedded in local secondary schools. Commencing in 2011, with only 30 students, our staff now support over 1026 youth to help further their education and employment opportunities.

What’s the trading activity  Our range of services include Traffic Management, Gardening and Grounds Maintenance, Traffic Equipment, Temporary Fencing and Event Hire. We are able to offer our customers access to a quality, compliant, commercially competitive service, whilst also providing them an opportunity to be part of something much bigger, making a positive long-term social impact in their community. Customers purchase our services and in turn, we contribute to improving the educational and employment outcomes for youth in the region, who then become the future employees for local businesses.

How are you going with the work?  Our growth has been well above expectations. In seven years we have gone from supporting 30 students to 1026, all of whom volunteer to be on our program because they can see benefit in being part of Geared4Careers. Our goal is to support 1,500 youth annually.

Biggest challenge  The biggest challenge we face is keeping up with the demand for support, from youth. In order to provide the support, we need to achieve growth in our commercial businesses.

Hopefully, as momentum for the Victorian Social Procurement Framework (SPF) continues to grow, and our commercial customers better understand their capacity to deliver social and sustainable outcomes, we will be able to achieve our goals.

Hope for the future  Equality for regional communities with our metropolitan cousins.

CERES Tamil Feasts

CERES Tamil Feasts

Enterprise name  CERES Tamil Feasts

What’s the cause  விருந்து Tamil Feasts is a social enterprise supporting recently settled asylum seekers through the celebration of food and culture and serving up traditional Sri Lankan fare prepared by Tamil men currently seeking asylum in Australia.

What’s the trading activity  Tamil Feasts are a sit down 3 course dinner serving traditional Tamil food. Occuring every Wednesday,Thursday and Friday night at the CERES Merri Café from 7:00pm. Our customers come from a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures and ages.

How are you going with the work?  The enterprise has been running for over 4 years and has currently employs 4 Tamil Chefs (who are seeking asylum). The enterprise has grown in this time from one weekly feast night to 3 regular feasts each week. The team are also make delicious products – chai and pickles that are sold through the CERES Grocery and Fair Food. Tamil Feasts is supported by a large team of volunteers who support with food preparation and service.

Biggest challenge  Supporting the team and the challenges they face outside of the project eg immigration
Maintaining a certain number of bookings each week.
Maintaining a certain number of volunteers each week.
Financial sustainability
Keeping things fresh eg menus, guest speakers to retain longer term supporters.
Infrastructure limitations – shared kitchen.

Hope for the future   To expand the Tamil Feasts team – train and employee new people and expand their current opportunities and connect them to a supportive community.
To connect more people with current issues people seeking asylum face.
To explore expansion of a catering service, production line and regular market stall.
To continue to celebrate our multicultural community through delicious food and stories.