The Hills Daily Grind: Dou­ble Shot

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Memories With Ivor Jones & Friends - Story and pho­tos by Carmel Lid­dell.

THE DAILY GRIND plays a key role in Hills Com­mu­nity Aid’s Youth Up-Skill pro­gramme YSUp (Wise up), by serv­ing a dual pur­pose: it pro­vides in­for­ma­tion on HCA ser­vices and, barista train­ing for vol­un­teers un­der thirty who have been long-term un­em­ployed, or have dis­abil­i­ties. In ef­fect, The Hills Daily Grind de­liv­ers the per­fect dou­ble shot, a smooth blend of caf­feine and kind­ness, from a mo­bile van.

The so­cial en­ter­prise project was de­vel­oped by HCA’s team in re­sponse to com­mu­nity wants and needs. By com­bin­ing the sale of cof­fee with train­ing in an oc­cu­pa­tion that’s def­i­nitely ‘on trend’, the HCA cre­ated its barista pro­gramme. (Barista, the Ital­ian word for ‘bar­tender’, refers to a per­son who pre­pares and serves es­presso-based cof­fee drinks.) Then, after much plan­ning, and an $11,000 do­na­tion from The Hills Ma­sonic Lodge, the Hills Daily Grind van hit the road. The van’s first pub­lic ap­pear­ance was in Bella Vista Farm Park on Aus­tralia Day, 2015 and within a year, the YSUp

Daily Grind project was deemed so suc­cess­ful it won The Hills Aus­tralia Day Award, ‘Ex­cel­lence in So­cial En­ter­prise’, for 2016.

This YSUp ini­tia­tive aims to ‘up­skill’ young peo­ple for em­ploy­ment. Bear­ing that in mind, The Daily Grind mo­bile van pro­vides all their vol­un­teers with train­ing, prac­ti­cal skills and guid­ance, in a well- sup­ported en­vi­ron­ment. Learn­ing to pre­pare and serve es­presso cof­fee, han­dling money and in­ter­act­ing with the gen­eral pub­lic are valu­able, real in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ences which have led some, to per­ma­nent em­ploy­ment. Ben­e­fit­ting from the scheme by ‘wis­ing up’ is busy mother of five, Crys­tal, who be­gan vol­un­teer­ing at HCA four years ago. For the past twelve months, Crys­tal has been em­ployed as The Daily Grind’s of­fi­cial - Barista and Trainer.

To­day, the Daily Grind van con­tin­ues to be a fa­mil­iar, wel­come sight on its reg­u­lar runs through the Hills and at spe­cial events. All prof­its are poured back into the ser­vice, so keep an eye out for that lit­tle white van. Fol­low the aroma. Ad­mire the frothed mi­cro-foam and latte art. Sup­port the Hills Daily Grind pro­gramme by or­der­ing an es­presso, mac­chi­ato, cap­puc­cino or flat white. But wait. How’s the cof­fee? Bean there - done that - ex­cel­lent!

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