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Meet our Social Scale-up Grant recipients

Westpac Foundation is proud to announce $1.5 million in funding to our Social Scale-up Grant recipients for 2017.

 

Congratulations to CareerSeekers (NSW), Good Cycles (VIC), Soft Landing (NSW) Muru Mittigar (NSW) and Vanguard Laundry Services (QLD)

 

Together, with our inaugural 2016 recipients; Bama Services (QLD), Green Connect (NSW), Jigsaw Business Solutions (NSW), STREAT (VIC) and The Bread & Butter Project (NSW), these ten social enterprises will create real impact. Collectively they are forecasting more than 2,000 currently unemployed people will be supported into jobs, in addition over 2,000 people will also have access to formal qualifications or valuable work experience. Watch their stories below.

 

2017 Recipients

CareeerSeekers

Provides private sector employment opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers including students and mid-career professionals.

Good Cycles

A Melbourne based social enterprise that uses bikes to engage, educate and employ youth at risk.

Muru Mittigar

Strives to advance community, culture and country for all Indigenous Darug people in Western Sydney by creating meaningful jobs in natural resource management, contracting, tourism and cultural awareness services.

Soft Landing

A national mattress recycling business offering training and employment to people with barriers to work including the long term unemployed, people experiencing mental health issues, Indigenous Australians and those leaving the prison system.

Vanguard Laundry Services

A commercial laundry based in Toowoomba, Queensland, employing people who have a lived experience of mental illness and have struggled to secure employment.

2016 Recipients

BAMA Services

BAMA Services is an Indigenous-owned civil construction, building and landscaping services enterprise based in Cairns (QLD) that employs local Indigenous people and supports them to be active agents in their own development.
 

Green Connect

Green Connect creates jobs for resettled refugees and young people in the Illawarra region (NSW) through keeping waste out of landfill, composting, and growing chemical-free food.
 

Jigsaw Business Solutions

Jigsaw Business Solutions provides employment, work experience and skilled development opportunities to people living with a disability. Jigsaw employees work on digitisation contracts to help companies go 'paperless' improving the security and the accessibility of their records.
 

STREAT

STREAT tackles the problem of youth disadvantage and homelessness in Melbourne by using its hospitality businesses to provide young people with a supported pathway to careers in the hospitality industry and independent living.

The Bread & Butter Project

The Bread & Butter Project is a social enterprise where 100% of the profits from their artisan bread and pastries are invested back into providing training and employment pathways to refugees and asylum seekers.