“Homelessness is a loss of a sense of security, stability, privacy, safety or the ability to control your living space.” – ABS
The Underground Collaborative is a Perth-based social enterprise that exists to educate, empower and employ to create opportunities for women and young people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness in WA.
We address homelessness in 3 ways:
Ground+Co cafe is our first employment initiative which trains and employs people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness through hospitality, and provides supportive pathways for transition into long-term employment.
We believe employment can help to break the cycle of homelessness by providing people with the necessary income, self-esteem, and sense of community connection. This will consequently enable them to access and, importantly, to maintain stable housing.
We are passionate about breaking stigmas, and raising awareness throughout our community.
We believe education is a contributing catalyst for change in breaking the societal taboos – when we understand, we connect. When we connect we are more compassionate. We have a greater awareness and are able to communicate with those in need, but also with the wider community to generate a circular economy of knowledge.
We have a vision which sees empowering our wider community, to empower those less fortunate. Through supporting our initiatives, our community are able to connect to the cause, and see the visible benefits they’re making to someone’s life.
When we empower others, we ultimately empower ourselves.
Through all of the above, we believe these small acts will lead to ripples and waves of change. Our community will feel inspired to take action, to collaborate and work together to help break the cycles of homelessness.
WHAT’S YOUR IMPACT?
Want to know the difference you’re making? Head here to see how your support has allowed us to achieve our missions of educating, empowering and employing.
We are a registered charity and an endorsed Deductible Gift Recipient. All donations over $2 change lives and are tax deductible.
The Underground Collaborative acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present and are committed to a positive future for the Aboriginal community.