• Must provide evidence of positive outcomes achieved for the local community by the Social Enterprise venture.

  • *MYC Painting Services Open or Close
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    Launched in December 2014, Marist Youth Care (MYC) Painting Services is a social enterprise focused on creating sustainable employment for young Aboriginal job seekers in Western Sydney. As a licensed contractor, MYC Painting Services exclusively employs first year Aboriginal apprentices and provides these participants with relevant training and the opportunity to gain full time employment. The program is an initiative of MYC's Skills Development Centre in Blacktown.

    After graduating from the program, participants are assisted to transition to a long term employer including Marist Youth Care's corporate partner Programmed, a publically listed construction and maintenance company, Master Painters Association or other independent contractors.

  • Darcy Street Project Open or Close
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    Darcy St Project, headed by the amazing and inspiring John Cafferatta and Tristan Brookes-Perrin, is a social enterprise that directly addresses social needs and serves the common good for the communities of Greater Western Sydney and Parramatta through specialty coffee education.

    Darcy St Project’s point of difference is that they are the first of its kind, a Specialty Coffee School and Brew Bar in the one location. Their belief is that once you invest in knowing how to become a barista or coffee roaster then you have endless possibilities for employment and travel. They work in partnership with the local, social, public and private enterprises of Western Sydney to assist those most in need within the community with a particular focus on providing employment pathways for the homeless and young people who are at risk. Profits are re-invested into coffee roasting/barista training scholarships and work experience opportunities. /p>

  • Hills Daily Grind Open or Close
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    The Hills Daily Grind (HDG) is a social enterprise providing unique community engagement and training services through the operation of a mobile coffee van.

    Based in The Hills and operating across Greater Western Sydney HDG provides practical hands-on training for people experiencing barriers to work or seeking to develop new employability skills. It links with community events to provide information and referral services, promotes social inclusion programs and provides opportunities for community volunteering.

    HDG is operated by Hills Community Aid and Information Service and supports its vision to create safe, healthy, connected and inclusive communities in Greater Western Sydney.

  • Indian (Sub Continent) Crisis and Support Agency (ICSA) Open or Close
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    The Indian (Sub Continent) Crisis and Support Agency (ICSA) is a community venture initiated to provide contextualised general and crisis support to clients from Indian diaspora residing predominantly in Western Sydney region.

    ICSA is an outstanding social enterprise as it has a diversified funding base (business, corporate, public and private) and a far greater return on investment. The Board of directors of ICSA are shareholders in addition to being stakeholders. This model offers Board members ownership of this social enterprise and gleans more commitments from them. ICSA has a broad and diversified funding base and can obtain resources from any sector/industry.

  • Magic Carpet! Open or Close
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    Community MRC's Arts & Culture Incubation Unit project Magic Carpet! hired five refugee artists from Afghanistan, South Sudan and Pakistan to run arts-based training workshops with refugee students at Arthur Phillip & Parramatta HS. This groundbreaking project trained students in their parents' arts practices which have crossed over to mainstream audiences, such as Afghan kitemaking, henna design, hair braiding.

    Students have also been trained in digital storytelling. The social enterprise arm of the project has seen the artists hired to run parenting workshops and arts events for organisations from Waverly Council to UnitingCare Burnside in Wyong.