In 2016, Banksia Gardens opened The Common Bean cafe inside the Dianella Community Health GP Superclinic in Broadmeadows.
It has since become one of Banksia Gardens’ most important initiatives providing employment pathways for the City of Hume’s young people while improving the organisation’s financial sustainability.
Every six months The Common Bean Cafe provides on-the-job training to five local young people. During their placement, they gain accredited barista training, a Level One First Aid Certificate, a Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificate and a Food Handling Certificate. They also get six months of paid work experience and come away with the confidence they need to find work in the future.
A key part of the program is to support the young people to achieve their individual employment and training goals and aspirations. Upon completion of each placement participants are then assisted in their transition into other employment opportunities.
Banksia Gardens is committed to providing this fantastic opportunity to more young people in the local area.
The Common Bean Cafe is supported by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, the Victorian Government Department of Justice and Regulation and La Paloma cafe in Brunswick. The establishment and ongoing operations of the cafe would not have been possible without the support of these partner organisations.