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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published April 22nd 2017
All You Need Is Love
Compass Connections Cafe, Nambour, Compass Institute Inc., Cricks Nambour, people with disabilities get trained in hospitality, skills development, flexible employment, extensive well-priced menu, all-day breakfast, burgers, toasties, $10 Connection Deal, indoor seating, outdoor seating, dog friendly, parking, close to Nambour Showgrounds, worthy of a visit
You won't miss the sign for Compass Connections Cafe in Nambour - Image: Elaine de Wet


Compass Connections Cafe is an absolute gem of a find on the Sunshine Coast's Cafe scene.

This charming cafe in Nambour is an initiative of The Compass Institute Inc.* and is proudly supported by various businesses including Cricks Nambour. People with disabilities are given on-the-job training, skills development and flexible employment within the hospitality industry.

Compass Connections Cafe, Nambour, Compass Institute Inc., Cricks Nambour, people with disabilities get trained in hospitality, skills development, flexible employment, extensive well-priced menu, all-day breakfast, burgers, toasties, $10 Connection Deal, indoor seating, outdoor seating, dog friendly, parking, close to Nambour Showgrounds, worthy of a visit
Welcome to The Compass Cafe - Image: Elaine de Wet


I first heard about Compass Connections Cafe through social media, where at least once a week, one of the trainees extends an invitation to the public to visit the cafe and enjoy the hospitality on offer.

Compass Connections Cafe, Nambour, Compass Institute Inc., Cricks Nambour, people with disabilities get trained in hospitality, skills development, flexible employment, extensive well-priced menu, all-day breakfast, burgers, toasties, $10 Connection Deal, indoor seating, outdoor seating, dog friendly, parking, close to Nambour Showgrounds, worthy of a visit
Major sponsors - Image: Elaine de Wet


Presently, Compass Connections Cafe has nine trainees, working under the guidance of the Cafe Manager, Lynda. The majority of the cafe's wait staff have a disability. The wait staffs' on-the-job training includes greeting and seating customers, operating the cash register and making drinks, all with the ultimate goal to gain experience, knowledge and confidence and perhaps go on to work in other cafes.

Compass Connections Cafe, Nambour, Compass Institute Inc., Cricks Nambour, people with disabilities get trained in hospitality, skills development, flexible employment, extensive well-priced menu, all-day breakfast, burgers, toasties, $10 Connection Deal, indoor seating, outdoor seating, dog friendly, parking, close to Nambour Showgrounds, worthy of a visit
Lynda and her staff on the day we visited - Image: Elaine de Wet


On the day we visited, we were fortunate to meet some of the staff (there are usually three trainees rostered on, on any given day) who were full of the joys of spring and bubbling over with enthusiasm to please. We were welcomed with open arms and made to feel that we were the most important people in the world.

Compass Connections Cafe, Nambour, Compass Institute Inc., Cricks Nambour, people with disabilities get trained in hospitality, skills development, flexible employment, extensive well-priced menu, all-day breakfast, burgers, toasties, $10 Connection Deal, indoor seating, outdoor seating, dog friendly, parking, close to Nambour Showgrounds, worthy of a visit
$10 Connection Deal - Image: Elaine de Wet


The Compass Connections Cafe has an extensive Menu with everything from an all-day breakfast to burgers and toasties - and, I must say, at very reasonable prices. They even boast a '$10 Connection Deal', which includes a standard burger (beef or veggie) with chips plus a 390ml soft drink or a gourmet sausage roll, chips plus a 390ml soft drink - ideal for anybody passing through, looking for a munchie.

Compass Connections Cafe, Nambour, Compass Institute Inc., Cricks Nambour, people with disabilities get trained in hospitality, skills development, flexible employment, extensive well-priced menu, all-day breakfast, burgers, toasties, $10 Connection Deal, indoor seating, outdoor seating, dog friendly, parking, close to Nambour Showgrounds, worthy of a visit
'Sweet Fix' - Image: Elaine de Wet


For those (like hubby) with a sweet tooth, Compass Connections Cafe have a 'Sweet Fix' including muffins, banana bread, house-made cake of the day and sweet-lovers slices (all made in-house).

Being lunch time, I ordered a small caesar salad and a skinny latte and hubby enjoyed a lemon slice with his coffee. The perfectly presented food was served promptly, with a cheery smile and showing attention to detail by remembering our names - adding another tick to the already-personalised service.

Compass Connections Cafe, Nambour, Compass Institute Inc., Cricks Nambour, people with disabilities get trained in hospitality, skills development, flexible employment, extensive well-priced menu, all-day breakfast, burgers, toasties, $10 Connection Deal, indoor seating, outdoor seating, dog friendly, parking, close to Nambour Showgrounds, worthy of a visit
Caesar Salad and Lemon Slice - Images: Elaine de Wet


We enjoyed our meal amid chit-chat with Lynda and Renee (a trainee), who was very happy to entertain us with her absolute love of dancing. On completion of our meal, Renee presented me with my cardigan and even assisted me with putting said cardi back on again - true concierge service - and then proceeded to hug both hubby and myself as a thanks for visiting. As I said previously, we were truly made to feel very special.

Compass Connections Cafe, Nambour, Compass Institute Inc., Cricks Nambour, people with disabilities get trained in hospitality, skills development, flexible employment, extensive well-priced menu, all-day breakfast, burgers, toasties, $10 Connection Deal, indoor seating, outdoor seating, dog friendly, parking, close to Nambour Showgrounds, worthy of a visit
Colourful indoor and outdoor seating - Images: Elaine de Wet


Compass Connections Cafe has indoor and outdoor seating, free wi-fi, is dog-friendly, and has plenty of on-site parking. They're very conveniently located on the Nambour-Connection Road and very close to the Nambour Showgrounds, so a perfect spot to stop off for a quick meal and a drink.

Compass Connections Cafe, Nambour, Compass Institute Inc., Cricks Nambour, people with disabilities get trained in hospitality, skills development, flexible employment, extensive well-priced menu, all-day breakfast, burgers, toasties, $10 Connection Deal, indoor seating, outdoor seating, dog friendly, parking, close to Nambour Showgrounds, worthy of a visit
Drinks Menu - Image: Elaine de Wet


I absolutely love these creative initiatives, proving that people with a disability can be mainstreamed into society and possess determination, enthusiasm and drive for long-term employment.

So, when out and about in the Nambour area, bookmark Compass Connections Cafe for a very special outing and some very special service - you'll find it's definitely worthy of repeat visits.

Compass Connections Cafe, Nambour, Compass Institute Inc., Cricks Nambour, people with disabilities get trained in hospitality, skills development, flexible employment, extensive well-priced menu, all-day breakfast, burgers, toasties, $10 Connection Deal, indoor seating, outdoor seating, dog friendly, parking, close to Nambour Showgrounds, worthy of a visit
All you need is love....and a whole lot of coffee! - Image: Elaine de Wet


The Compass Institute Inc.* is an award winning Sunshine Coast based charity dedicated to providing support for people with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Compass began in 1992 providing Alternative Education programmes to over seven thousand at-risk youth through local schools. In 2003, Compass followed its dream to open a post-secondary service for young people with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. This was part of a long-held dream to dramatically change the philosophy behind this type of service from one of passive recreation to a pathway of lifelong learning, skills based training and vocational opportunities. Compass' staff and young people are living proof that anything is possible where there is a vision, self-belief and a strong work ethic.
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Why? For a special outing and some very special service
When: Monday to Friday 6.30am to 2.30pm
Phone: (07) 5476-1251
Where: 950 Nambour Connection Road Nambour, Queensland, QLD 4560
Cost: Reasonably priced Menu
Your Comment
Good to see a cafe providing this kind of support. Nice article.
by Irenke Forsyth (score: 3|1057) 89 days ago
Must support this organisation so that everyone has a fair go
by Barry (score: 2|380) 91 days ago
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