The Social Enterprise Sector is our bridge to the Community. It is the avenue in which connectedness is cultivated between our program participants and real people within the community. This is the place where skills are developed, service is delivered and long-term sustainability for the organisation is made possible.
How it works
Historically and due to organic growth in the past, the neccesity to create opportunity was a creative process that took flight and has continued to soar over the years. Our Social Enterprise Sector developed among senior leaders of the organisation and mixed with the zest and zeal of program participants who were willing to take an idea and run with it! This started with creative entrepreneurship and gave birth to the planting of 3 social enterprises:
- The Esther Cafe
- The Esther Boutique
We wouldn't be able to do what we do as well without our amazing and incredible sponsors, partners and valued volunteers. Thank you to all who make our Social Enterprise possible!
COVID-19 Social Enterprise Updates
Catergirls is the only Social Enterprise that was put on hold due to organisational restructuring and the changing of facilities which required new policies. When COVID-19 hit, it was unfortunately necessary for us to put the catering project on ice and focus primarily on business continuity in the context of a downturned economy.
Our focus now is on increased sustainable growth and improving the Esther Cafe and the Esther Boutique turnover, in addition to key objectives aimed at incremental growth.
Our Esther Cafe and the Esther Boutique are situated in the same premises, creating the hub of our Social Enterprise experience. The brick and mortar business is primariy run on Esther girl power! Girls are still currentlyin, or who have since graduated the program. Meet the team...
- Esther Cafe & Esther Boutique
- Cafe Manager, Lisa Sledzinski
- Kitchen Manager, Krystle Baran
- Lead Barista, Tahlia Warby
- Lead Baker, Lisa Sledzinski
- Line Management
- Aaron Hines (Operations Manager)
A word from our previous Cafe Chef, Sarah Pearson
I have always been passionate about teaching young women basic cooking skills to improve their future employment opportunities. While I was at the Esther Cafe, my dream was to train and equip as many of our girls as possible in hospitality, food preparation and handling, and excellent customer service in order to help ignite their passion for the Food Industry and serving others.
If I can do it, you can do it. So let me help you do it!