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Our relationships with Kick Start and Two Good mirror our philosophy that everyone has the right to go further. Both organisations give people powerful new starts that change how they see tomorrow.
Kick Start is an initiative of the PAYCE Foundation that provides new skills to young people who are finding it difficult to gain employment. The initiative enables them to gain valuable qualifications (Certificate III in Hospitality) through a pathway program that teaches them barista skills and how to operate a mobile food trailer café.
The program also provides trainees six months employment and then supports these young people into further career or learning experiences. Our support for Kick Start cafés through a partnership with our industrial & logistics team helps the cafés work towards a business model that is sustainable and replicable. This model also enables us to improve the amenities at our facilities.
The partnership commenced with one trailer cafe at our Woodpark Logistics Estate in Smithfield. We then expanded to another two cafés at our Prestons and Wetherill Park developments, catering for the construction workforce and future tenants.
Two Good has been helping vulnerable women who have experienced domestic violence for more than ten years. We have worked with them successfully for three. This year, for example, 200 of our people volunteered to distribute 6,500 Two Good cookbooks through our retail centres. The proceeds funded employment for women in the Two Good Work Work program.
But the onset of COVID-19 impacted the organisation significantly. Their highly successful catering and corporate team-building businesses, that had helped feed and employ so many people, came to a halt.
Two Good’s situation coincided with us needing to looking after our own people. Two Good pivoted - producing hundreds of Care Packs that helped lift our people’s spirits as they worked from home. Two Good also produced hand sanitiser and masks for us to use in our buildings when our people did come back to our offices. That work in turn has generated not just much needed revenue but also life-changing employment opportunities for women sheltering from domestic violence.