Pea Excursion to All Things Equal Cafe
Grab yourself a cuppa, pop in your earphones and pretend you’re having brunch with Mandy, Kate, Bianca and Jess at All Things Equal Cafe! Located on Carlisle Street, Balaclava in Melbourne’s inner south, the cafe provides purposeful employment for people with disabilities in a mainstream work environment.
Established in 2021 to meet a need for inclusive employment in the local area, All Things Cafe has been very successful, with staff excelling in their roles, strong community support and a waitlist of 50 people ready to work. Not a day service or school, cafe employees are paid award wages and provided with training, experience and the confidence to set them up for ongoing employment in the wider workforce.
Bianca and Jess are both passionate about accessibility and inclusion, and talk about the meaningful work and training opportunities provided to staff through the cafe, as well as their cooking school, local sporting canteen pop ups and new catering service for events. Sparking a dialogue about disability and employment, and opening up partnership opportunities and networks to help cafe employees take their next steps out into the workforce, are also key to what they do.
Mandy also chats with employee Paul about his experience at All Things Equal, including the things he most enjoys and his plans for the future.
Thank you Bianca, Jess and Paul for hosting our excursion from the outer east and the delicious brunch. Melbourne Peas, head to All Things Equal at 263 - 265 Carlisle St Balaclava next time you need a coffee!
For more information about the cafe, including their menu, work and volunteering opportunities, the cooking school, catering and more, visit the All Things Equal website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram
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