Mayor of Waverley, Sally Betts officially opens G2 social enterprise café in Bondi Junction.
Mayor of Waverley Council, Sally Betts officiated at the opening of G2 café at on Friday morning, 19th May, joined by staff from Holdsworth and Windgap and local community members.
G2 is a social enterprise initiative between Waverley Council, Holdsworth Community and Windgap Foundation. The café is located on the ground level of the Mill Hill Community Centre to provide patrons of the centre and the local community with great coffee and a delicious spread of cakes, hot and cold lunches.
Mayor of Waverley, Sally Betts said Waverley Council is delighted to support G2 café.
“I’m really pleased Waverley Council is involved in such an important training program for young people with intellectual disabilities through the G2 café. Providing valuable work experience is of great benefit to young people.
“I’m so impressed with Windgap’s School Leaver Employment Support program and the important work of Holdsworth Community,” said Mayor Betts.
G2 café has been established to complement employment training provided by Windgap and to give people living with disabilities the opportunity to gain marketable work skills. Holdsworth is building on the success of its Gaden café in Woollahra to continue to provide quality food and great coffee served by staff who also have extensive skills working in both the disability and home care sectors.
The trainees all participate in Windgap’s School Leaver Employment Support program, which is a 2 year program offering participants training across life skills in a wide range of industries, including hospitality.
Michael Ryan, CEO of Holdsworth Community, is excited about the collaboration, and in particular, demonstrating the great potential for open market employment for people living with disabilities.
“Having chosen to focus on hospitality the trainees will have learnt skills such as customer service, making coffee, money handling and food service. Their experience in the café will provide an opportunity for them to practise everything they have learnt in a supported environment. “
“The café staff will be able to give the trainees more responsibility over time, with the ultimate intention of readying them to take those skills and apply for jobs in the open market,”
“Employment options have historically been very limited. G2 will provide a great environment for trainees to build skills and confidence and for the public to be able to demonstrate their support for inclusive employment practices by continuing to patronise the café. We are very excited to be working with both Waverley Council and Windgap to ensure this café is a success and provides a pathway for people with disability to enter the workforce”
Being a social enterprise, any profits made through the café will be invested back into programs supporting people living with a disability to gain living skils and independence.
G2 café is open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 2pm.