Cof­fees spark a change

Or­gan­i­sa­tion launches en­ter­prise that will brew up ways to en­gage re­gion’s youth

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

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

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