New café open for business

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Com­mu­nity part­ners launched Hor­sham’s new­est café amid pos­i­tiv­ity, cof­fee, food and smiles.

About 50 peo­ple from a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity agen­cies and or­gan­i­sa­tions gath­ered at the café to cel­e­brate the start of the so­cial enterprise.

‘Laneway café with­out borders’, at for­mer Thipatiy Cof­fee Lounge, is a part­ner­ship project be­tween Cen­tre for Par­tic­i­pa­tion, Hor­sham Spe­cial School and Wood­bine.

The enterprise is de­signed to help pre­pare stu­dents for on­go­ing, longterm em­ploy­ment while also build­ing path­ways to help them de­velop hos­pi­tal­ity and small-business skills.

It is geared to sup­port a broad cross-sec­tion of peo­ple, in­clud­ing school leavers with spe­cial needs and mi­grant women.

About 50 peo­ple

cel­e­brated the launch of the café in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the three part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions, Hor­sham mayor Mark Rad­ford, Cen­tre for Par­tic­i­pa­tion board mem­bers, and other sup­port­ive guests.

The project is the re­sult of a shared vi­sion and a $186,600 State Govern­ment grant through a 2018 Pick My Project round.

Cen­tre for Par­tic­i­pa­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Pet­tett, a key fig­ure driv­ing the project, said the launch rep­re­sented an ‘ex­cit­ing’ and ‘long-awaited’ day.

“The café is a ground-up com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive aimed at both young peo­ple with spe­cial needs and mi­grant women want­ing skills to as­sist in gain­ing em­ploy­ment in the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor,” she said.

“We hope the café will be seen as work­ing in co-op­er­a­tion, rather than com­pe­ti­tion, with other cafés and I wel­come any con­struc­tive feed­back the com­mu­nity might have in re­gard to im­prove­ments or changes go­ing for­ward.”

Wood­bine chief ex­ec­u­tive Bernie O’con­nor said he was hon­oured to have been in­vited into the part­ner­ship, com­ment­ing how ex­cit­ing it was that the organisati­on’s pas­sion for sup­port­ing peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity was be­ing fur­ther re­alised.

He said the Hor­sham café would mean some Hor­sham clients trav­el­ling to ac­cess Wood­bine ser­vices in War­rackn­abeal would be able to work to­wards gain­ing em­ploy­ment in their home town.

Hor­sham Spe­cial School prin­ci­pal Matt Cop­ping agreed, com­ment­ing that the business re­flected a vi­brant sense of com­mu­nity and ci­ti­zen­ship in the Wim­mera-mallee.

“We’re thank­ful for this part­ner­ship and ex­cited for the op­por­tu­nity it will present for our stu­dents to tran­si­tion af­ter leav­ing school,” he said.

Man­ager Sally Mar­croft de­scribed the café as ‘a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity with a great team be­hind it’.

“We were pleased to be able to em­ploy some of the pre­vi­ous Thipatiy staff, along with some new faces, and look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing and hope­fully grow­ing the meal home-de­liv­ery and school-lunch ser­vices into the fu­ture,” she said.

Barengi Gad­jin Land Coun­cil’s Ron Marks wel­comed the crowd to country and shared how en­ter­prises such as the café could help in break­ing down bar­ri­ers in the com­mu­nity.

‘Laneway café with­out borders’ opened for its first week of business on Mon­day, with the 7am to 3pm trad­ing hours fo­cus­ing on break­fast, brunch and lunch.

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