Tucked away just under the newly renovated Rosanna station is a cute little social enterprise cafe called The Little Social. Just outside is an interactive artwork by Melissa Salvikas, who is a highly recommended wedding photographer. Her work is part of the Banyule Pinpoint project, celebrating art culture and promoting local artists, providing a way for the wider community to access and engage with artists and makers.
Today we met Veronica, an enterprise coordinator at Youth Projects and Phoebe, who has trained at the Alfred Innovation and Education hub's Little Social, it happened to be her first day at the Rosanna cafe in Banyule.
The not for profit organisation's business model provides a platform for trainees to build self-confidence, gain employment skills within the Industry and work alongside industry experts. There are also opportunities to get placement within other local cafes in the area!
The bespoke coffee bar brews up the finest espresso - if my partner says so himself - loose-leaf chai by Miks Chai, where 50% of their profit goes towards suicide prevention. Miks Chai supports mental health and wellbeing through a range of positive teas encouraging human connection. Miks started brewing her Aaji's (grandmother's) chai to bring people together to share stories. Hearing the courageous experiences of others and sharing her own story, saved her life.
The cafe supports local artists, producers and small businesses - I fell in love with the beautiful pottery cups by a local artist Josephine Cassar. Her handcrafted beakers are made using stoneware clay and a combination of glazes. These can be purchased in-store as a takeaway cup or as an ideal gift.
The stylish yet intimate interior is welcoming, a communal table or stools make up the perfect space for a quick stop before catching the city-bound train or a walk across to the Rosanna Parklands. There's also plenty of seating outdoors under huge black umbrellas on a sunny day and watch the world go by!
With your every dollar spent at The Little Social, it helps train another young person to build their self-confidence, and gain skills in a judgement-free environment. Customers can sprinkle a bit of kindness into someone else's day through our pay-it-forward initiative to anonymously purchase coffee and food for someone experiencing homelessness.