Social Enterprises in Parramatta
Below is a list of social enterprise businesses that are operating in Parramatta and surrounding areas.
Retail Outlets (Food and Beverage)
Kick Start Café
Fully equipped, highly attractive mobile coffee and food trailers. On weekdays they are located on construction sites providing a canteen service to workers and the local community. On the weekends they are available for events/festivals etc.
Mission: To provide paid employment and training opportunities in food service and hospitality to young people from social housing and disadvantaged backgrounds facing barriers to employment.
Street Address: 661 Victoria Road, Melrose Park 2114 (local community canteen)
Website: Kick Start Cafe
Hills Daily Grind
A mobile coffee van available to provide a great mobile coffee service at local events.
Mission: To provide training and experience in barista and customer service for volunteers, disadvantaged youth and students, as well as a referral information service.
Website: Hills Daily Grind
Darcy Street Project
An espresso bar and coffee school.
Mission: To assist disadvantaged people of all ages and cultures with employment and education opportunities in hospitality and barista skills.
Website: Darcy Street Project
Locations: 113 Macquarie St Parramatta: coffee school most weeks Wednesday and Saturdays
197 Pitt St Mall Sydney 2000: Suncorp Community Cafe
The Sweetest Gift
Online store selling custom cakes, macarons, tarts and other sweet treats to order.
Mission: To promote social inclusion, and provide a stimulating and understanding work environment for transplant recipients and those living with chronic illness
Website: The Sweetest Gift
House of Welcome Catering
A catering service providing cultural and fusion-inspired cuisine made by people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.
Mission: To provide training and work opportunities to people seeking asylum and refugees and support the work of the House of Welcome, St Francis Social Services.
Website: House of Welcome Catering
Food tours focussing on Sydney’s authentic and modern multicultural cuisines. Local guides share stories of food, history, and culture while visiting the best places to eat and shop.
Mission: All profits go to supporting new and young Australians, migrants and refugees, into the chosen career paths by offering training and employment as tour guides in their local area and culture.
Website: Taste Tours
Retail Outlets (Products)
The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre
A store selling second-hand goods at affordable prices, and providing workshops in upcycling and repurposing pre-loved goods.
Mission: To reduce the amount of household goods and building material entering landfill by reclaiming for repair, reuse and sale.
Parramatta Clay and Arts Inc.
A ceramics studio providing classes and workshops in ceramic arts, and a mobile ‘Clay Cart’ able to travel for customised clay activities and workshops.
Mission: To provide local studio space and employment opportunities for artists through teaching and a gallery for the sale of ceramic works, and a creative venue for people interested in learning ceramic art-making.
Lost in Books
A children's bookshop offering bilingual books in 40+ languages, and an all-ages creative hub and cafe.
Mission: To promote multilingualism in Australia, and build literacy and language acquisition in the languages of Australian communities.
A store selling great quality recycled clothing and accessories at affordable prices. The store opens for regular Pop-up sales on the last Friday of the month 11am-1pm.
Mission: To financially support the Fitted for Work program and services. Fitted for work supports women experiencing disadvantage to help them get into work and keep it, through personal outfitting and interview service, mentoring, resume training and a Staying Employed Program.
Street Address: Suites 37 & 38a, 70 Phillip Street, Parramatta
Website: Conscious Closet
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An online store selling creative, craft and art products designed and produced by participants in the Studio Artes program.
Mission: To support Studio Artes program which offers tailor-made creative activities and life skills programs for adults living with a wide range of disabilities.
Website: Studio Artes
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An online store selling unique watches with diverse numeral writing systems reflecting the diversity of the world’s languages.
Mission: Inspired by the philosophy of pluralism, the watches are designed as a conversation starter to encourage acceptance and pluralism. For every watch sold, $5 is donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
Website: The Pluralist
Online flower services delivering beautiful handmade Flowers Bouquets and arrangements.
Mission: To provide jobs, employment skills and training to women from migrant and refugee backgrounds who have had limited education and limited access to employment.
Website: Angkor Flowers
The Social Canvas
Online store selling art and design products created through collaboration with indigenous artists.
Mission: To provide new opportunities for indigenous artists and support ecologically sustainable living experiences across the Greater Sydney region.
Website: The Social Canvas
Service: Sells bespoke ceramic home-wares designed in tribal Indian art forms and created by a collective of multicultural women in Western Sydney. Products are sold through various face-to-face market events.
Purpose: To build the capacity of participants to create and market bespoke ceramic homewares.
Contact Details: Yamane Fayed - email@example.com
Amber’s Food Wraps
Online store selling 100% cotton food wraps designed by the traditional owners of the Northern Territory and using beeswax, organic resin, and organic jojoba oil.
Mission: Providing economic participation opportunities for traditional owners of the Northern Territory and supporting environmentally sustainable living.
Website: Amber's Food Wraps
Grow Your Mind
Online store selling beautiful, positive education resources that allow wellbeing to be visible and consistent in homes and schools.
Mission: To increase awareness of looking after mental health with a playful approach.
Website: Grow Your Mind
Faith Love Hope Soap
Handmade, plant-based natural soap handcrafted by Balinese women. Products are sold through various face-to-face market events.
Mission: To create economic empowerment and bring social change for Balinese women, whilst restoring hope for women and children experiencing homelessness in Parramatta
Contact Details: Agatha Simanjuntak - firstname.lastname@example.org
Service: School workshops, hackathons and business incubators to take students from entrepreneurial education to launching their own impactful projects.
Mission: To empower young people through entrepreneurial education.
Addventageous provides affordable and accessible bike hire, cycling programs and bike maintenance courses for all members of the community.
Mission: Income generated from bike hire and commercial programs is reinvested into providing free community lessons for disadvantaged groups, providing leadership and mentoring programs for migrant women and helping youth at risk develop employable skills in bike maintenance.
Street Address: Beneath City Centre Carpark, Horwood Place, Parramatta NSW 2150
Service: Trains and inspires communities to create beautiful, meaningful and unique public spaces in their neighbourhood through community-based projects.
Mission: To build a sense of belonging in local places, community resilience, and employment pathways.
Service: Multilingual mobile app for connecting new Australians, migrants, to jobs, settlement services and community
Mission: To support new Australians with integrating into our society and drive an inclusive nation.
Website: Connections Australia
Clean Force Property Services
Commercial cleaning and grounds management services.
Mission: To provide durable employment for disadvantaged people, including people with a mental illness.
A Co-Working Space for young people with a disability where they are supported to work, socialise and develop their individual skills.
Mission: To build a national network of co-working spaces, bringing world-class work, social and learning opportunities to people with disability.
Service: SheWorks provides placement and post-placement services to businesses seeking to attract and retain quality female employees.
Mission: To help women with barriers to employment (newly arrived migrants and refugees; indigenous Australians; women with a disability; mature age women; and young women who are new to the workforce) to obtain work and keep work.
All profits from SheWorks go directly back into Fitted for Work enabling more women to access its programs and services.
Figtree Conference Centre
Service: Conference Centre with versatile, light-filled spaces to accommodate meetings, workshops, conferences, and special events.
Mission: To provide employment and authentic social inclusion for people with lived experience of a mental health issue.
Young Change Agents
Young Change Agents work with school and community groups in a design-thinking program that guides participants in coming up with their own social enterprise as a response to a problem they have identified. Also works with teachers through a train-the-trainer program.
Mission: To help youth see problems as opportunities through the lens of social entrepreneurship.
StartSomeGood is an online crowdfunding platform for social impact projects and organisations.
Mission: To be the world’s best mobilizing platform for changemakers, allowing them to raise the funds, grow the community and gain the skills and contacts they need to make a difference.
Benevolence Financial Services
Benevolence Financial Group is a purpose-driven & independent mortgage broker. Up to 50% of their commissions are invested in a social or environmental cause nominated by each customer.
Mission: Putting people over profits and empowering them to create a better future for their families, our communities & our planet.
Website: Benevolence Financial Group