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The Little Social Cafe

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by Nekoburro (subscribe)
Freelance writer, traveller, foodie and graphic designer living at the gateway of the Yarra Valley and Melbourne's green belt suburbs..www.mokocreative.com https://www.instagram.com/nekoburro/
Published March 24th 2021
Sprinkle a bit of kindness into someone else's day
Cafe, social enterprise cafe, coffee, lunch, breakfast, eat local, espresso, youth projects, banyule, Rosanna
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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.

Cafe, social enterprise cafe, coffee, lunch, breakfast, eat local, espresso, youth projects, banyule, Rosanna
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Cafe, social enterprise cafe, coffee, lunch, breakfast, eat local, espresso, youth projects, banyule, Rosanna
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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.

Cafe, social enterprise cafe, coffee, lunch, breakfast, eat local, espresso, youth projects, banyule, Rosanna
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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!

Cafe, social enterprise cafe, coffee, lunch, breakfast, eat local, espresso, youth projects, banyule, Rosanna
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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.

Cafe, social enterprise cafe, coffee, lunch, breakfast, eat local, espresso, youth projects, banyule, Rosanna
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Healthy juices, nutritious food, delicious bagels, Danish pastries, sweets and if you are on the go, grab a protein ball or takeaway.

Cafe, social enterprise cafe, coffee, lunch, breakfast, eat local, espresso, youth projects, banyule, Rosanna
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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.

Cafe, social enterprise cafe, coffee, lunch, breakfast, eat local, espresso, youth projects, banyule, Rosanna
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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!

Cafe, social enterprise cafe, coffee, lunch, breakfast, eat local, espresso, youth projects, banyule, Rosanna
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So feel like doing something good today? Drop by and be welcomed by the friendly team, and help support a local enterprise cafe that empowers young people to lead meaningful lives!

Cafe, social enterprise cafe, coffee, lunch, breakfast, eat local, espresso, youth projects, banyule, Rosanna
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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.
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Why? Supporting the community and young people - gain valuable skills and experience with the hospitality industry.
When: 6am -1pm, 7 days a week
Where: 75 Turnham Ave, Rosanna VIC 3084
Your Comment
I love places like this. They are not large commercial enterprises, and deserve support to advance their cause.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|2129) 24 days ago
These photos reflect the passion that emanates from this venue I'm sure
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|2478) 24 days ago
From memory we went to one in Bright. Terrific way to engaged, assists...
by bcwb (score: 0|4) 23 days ago
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