A new social enterprise café at Possum Hollow Playground is making a positive impact thanks to a new partnership between Banyule Council and Araluen.
When Chancez Café opens in Heidelberg on Thursday 2 May, it will be serving up more than lattes and light meals; it will be serving up opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to gain valuable workplace experience in the hospitality industry.
The new café is part of Araluen’s hospitality program where up to 15 people will gain food handling, barista and customer service skills at the cafe. The opportunity allows them to make friendships, develop confidence and become more job ready with the aim to be able to work more independently in the future.
“We’re extremely proud of our partnership with Araluen to create training opportunities at the Chancez Café that build job readiness for people who can experience barriers to employment,” said Banyule Mayor, Cr Wayne Phillips.
“This initiative plays a vital role in our community; one which not only provides excellent service to coffee enthusiasts but more importantly encourages and enables people with disability to play an active and valuable role in our community.”
Chancez Café in Possum Hollow, located in the beautiful Warringal Parklands of Heidelberg, will be the fourth café opened by Araluen – an organisation that provides quality of life opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.