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Social Traders would like to thank the following Melbourne social enterprises who have provided photographs of their work to help us paint a picture of social enterprise.
Abbotsford Convent Abbotsford Convent provides office, studio, and special event space for small arts organisations, practitioners, and the public, and fills the niche of serving as an important arts and cultural hub adjacent to Melbourne. http://www.abbotsfordconvent.com.au/
Bendigo Community Bank, Clifton Hill/North Fitzroy Bendigo Community Bank branches provide quality banking services, deliver local employment opportunities, keep local capital in the community and provide a source of revenue for important community projects. http://www.bendigobank.com.au/public/community_bank/community_bank.asp?n...
Community Contact Service The Community Contact Service is a concierge and community development role in high rise public towers. It has been established by the Brotherhood of St Laurence to provide pathways to mainstream employment for people disengaged from the labour market.
Friends of the Earth (FoE) Australia Friends of the Earth Australia is a federation of independent local groups working for a socially equitable and environmentally sustainable future. http://www.foe.org.au/
Kere Kere Kere Kere sells coffee, lets customers decide how the profits are distributed, and provides employment for young people with social, environmental or material hazards. http://www.kerekere.org/
Lentil as Anything Lentil as Anything is a vegetarian restaurant that provides free food to people without drawing attention to their financial circumstances (each customer based on ability chooses what price to pay for meals), whilst offering hospitality training to new migrants, refugees, and youth. http://www.lentilasanything.com/
Penny Farthings Penny Farthings makes bicycle storage equipment and pods for cyclists that provide showers, change facilities and secure storage.
Print Side Up Print Side Up is a social enterprise, helping a team of young people to increase their chances of future employment by acquiring skills through running a successful screen-printing business. http://www.melbournecitymission.org.au/Programs-and-Services/Employment-Education-Training/Social-Enterprises/Print-Side-Up
Seven Stars Seven Stars, or the CERES Food Project, is a community sustaining social enterprise producing certified organic food products. The Project trains Kurdish and Turkish migrants to work in and run their own food business while making use of seasonal peaks in locally grown organic produce. http://www.ceres.org.au/foodproject
Sorghum Sisters The Sorghum Sisters is a catering business specialising in African food. The business was developed by the Adult Multicultural Education Service and a group of African women and now provides training to other women from their community. http://www.ames.net.au/index.php?sectionID=6542&pageID=6762
Vinnies Op Shop Vinnies Op shop is the charitable trading arm of the St Vincent de Paul Society. The stores provide second hand goods at low cost and use the proceeds from these sales to support other community programs run by the organisation. http://www.vinnies.org.au/home-nsw