Project Description

Long term disadvantage and misfortune can lead to a range of complex individual and societal issues that can become chronic and further affect the individual’s quality of life and the realisation of their potential.


KICK START CAFÉ is a not-for-profit social enterprise that was established, and is now being incubated by PAYCE Foundation. The café employs young people in a 6-12 month pathway program that is tailored to meet individual needs and provide holistic care to the participant.  Participants receive accredited training, work experience, case management and mentoring, so that on exiting the program they are well equipped to create an active and fulfilling life for themselves.

Since its inception, KICK START CAFÉ has employed and trained 12 young people who, following completion of the program, have been supported to find employment or continue their education.

PAYCE Foundation supports the operations of KICK START CAFÉ, working towards a business model that is both sustainable and replicable. KICK START CAFÉ aims to continue partnering with construction and development companies to provide on-site cafes to service construction workers and the local community while providing employment and training opportunities to young people. For more information visit the KICK START CAFE website.

“The café is a very safe and comfortable place to learn. The chef doesn’t just teach us about cooking, he’s also a great mentor in preparing us for the workforce.”