Coffees spark a change
Organisation launches enterprise that will brew up ways to engage region’s youth
THERE’S a new brew in town, and it’s the social enterprise Fusion Cafe.
The not-for-profit youth and community organisation opened the cafe, on the corner of Station and Queen streets, St Marys, on October 25.
The concept behind the cafe is “people not profit” and the organisation uses the casual environment as a platform to encourage engagement with more young people.
“The key location — in the heart of St Marys CBD — provides a great opportunity for wider engagement and connection with commuters, students, local business people and passers-by,” Fusion Western Sydney chief executive James Wood said.
“The Fusion Cafe will be a place for people to come and be welcomed while enjoying great coffee and high quality, healthy food options.”
While the cafe continues to provide a good brew and a welcoming atmosphere, Fusion is finalising its relocation to a new site directly opposite the current location, which will house the organisation’s commercial kitchen and recording studio as well as all its regular programs.
All surplus proceeds will go to Fusion Western Sydney’s youth and community programs. More than 100 staff and volunteers make up the Fusion Western Sydney team and provide care for disadvantaged families and youth in St Marys.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS Fusion Cafe Fusion Western Sydney has opened a not-for-profit cafe in Queen St, St Marys. Below, left, staff enjoy the moment and (below right) Fusion chief executive James Wood, Lindsay MP Emma Husar, Londonderry MP Prue Car and Penrith Deputy Mayor Tricia Hitchens celebrate the opening. Pictures: David Swift