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.

goodcycles.org.au

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.

game.org.au

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.

tamilfeasts.ceres.org.au

 

CERES Community Environment Park

CERES Community Environment Park

Enterprise name  CERES Community Environment Park

What’s the cause  CERES works in a number of areas, but our largest and most well known is our environmental education programs. Our primary objective is to help people fall in love with the Earth again.

What’s the trading activity  CERES encompasses an organic cafe, plant nursery and organic grocery, as well as our smaller venue hire, organic microgreens and free-range egg enterprises, just to name a few.

How are you going with the work?  Our large 4.5 hectare physical presence means we capture thousands of people in the local community, who simply visit for a stroll through green space. In addition to these casual visitors, a significant number of people experience CERES through hiring a venue for events. With a range of informal and formal venues available at comparatively reasonable prices, this enterprise allows the opportunity to introduce CERES to members of the public who may not already be familiar with the site. As mentioned, there a number of different pathways by which people find their way to CERES, such as workshops, community groups and volunteering.

Biggest challenge  Our biggest challenge is finding the capacity to carry out the many projects that are required to keep CERES running smoothly and effectively for the community. We rely on volunteers to assist with the shortfall, and could not keep the site open, maintained and free for all to visit if it weren’t for the hard work of our volunteers. While many of our activities can be supported by funds generated through our many small social enterprises, we are still beholden to the strategic focus of local and state government when seeking assistance to continue providing a dedicated service to the community.

Hope for the future  Our hope for the future is that our work will expand further beyond Brunswick East, and the reach of our social enterprises will grow. We hope that more people will feel compelled to choose a closer and deeper connection with the Earth by visiting CERES and supporting the work that we do.

www.ceres.org.au

Moon Rabbit

Moon Rabbit

Enterprise name

Moon Rabbit

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

We have three main aims:
1. PROVIDE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES: We provide hospitality training to young people with additional learning needs through our Tiered Training & Transition (TTT) program.
2. PRODUCE ZERO WASTE: We’ve never had disposable takeaway cups; in our first year we prevented more than 10,000 takeaway cups from ending up in landfill. We produce as close to zero waste as possible, with a comprehensive compost system; an emphasis on reducing, refusing, reusing and refilling before recycling; tailoring our menu and specials to the seasons and what’s in surplus; and inspiring or changing our suppliers to help limit operational waste. We weigh and record our waste every day so we can continually learn and improve.
3. GENERATE INCOME: All profits from Moon Rabbit support underfunded programs at The Bridge, our parent organisation.

Describe your trading activity (what do you sell and who are your customers?)

Our café sells delicious coffee, cakes, jaffles and salads in Melbourne’s north. We also provide fresh, seasonal catering for breakfasts, lunches, meetings and events further afield. Many of our café regulars are local residents and workers, or people with some connection to the Bridge: staff, volunteers, students, childcare families, venue hirers, etc. A lot of our customers have become catering clients, too; this part of our business has grown organically thanks to them.

How are you going with the work?

We just won two awards, so great! (Moon Rabbit won the Creating Local Solutions Award at the 2019 Victorian Learn Local Awards, for our TTT training program, and the Sustainability Award at the 2019 Darebin Community Awards for our environmental impact.) Business is growing due to positive media coverage and word of mouth.

What is the biggest challenge?

Balancing growth with our staffing capacity. We have to say no to some opportunities occasionally because we don’t yet have the resources to devote to them.

What is your hope for the future?

To increase our capacity to provide training opportunities for young people with additional learning needs, which is the main reason we exist.

www.moonrabbit.org.au