Our founder Katie experienced both a redundancy and job loss during her accounting career – the latter which led to her two-month long camping trip in Africa and also time in a 110ha garbage dump in Jakarta.
These pivotal moments changed her life. She rediscovered her passions which she’d lost in the corporate world; immersing herself in research, volunteering and trying to understand life. Not of her own, but the lives of those less fortunate.
This led to the birth of The Underground Collaborative in 2017, the name designed to bring light to otherwise ‘taboo’ topics, and help address systemic issues through collaboration.
Ground+Co’s ‘Billie’ coffee cart was TUC’s first employment initiative, launching in 2019 in partnership with Brookfield Properties. Sadly, due to COVID-19 we bid farewell to Billie in March 2020 – however, Ground+Co has since established a permanent flagship home inside the Perth Cultural Centre in partnership with the State Library of WA.
Our vision for the future is to support, uplift and cultivate systemic change to break the cycles of homelessness through employment and long-term housing solutions to empower women and young people in WA.