East Victoria Park’s Katie Liew awarded Paul Harris Fellowship
The East Victoria Park resident received the Paul Harris Fellowship at an event at the University of WA, which was hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Perth and Crawley on March 22.
Social Enterprise For Homeless
An emerging social enterprise, The Underground Collaborative, is seeking about $50,000 to provide employment pathways for Perth’s homeless and disadvantaged amid plans to roll out a series of coffee carts across local parks.
Charity Begins At Home
The Underground Collaborative’s first initiative is a coffee cart. “We will provide delicious coffee, amazing customer service, and consistency – much like other popular and successful cafes, but we are a for-purpose organisation, existing to make a difference.”
Local entrepreneurs ignite their ideas with help from the Town
Two local entrepreneurs have been awarded a fully-funded scholarship for Curtin University’s highly successful Ignition business program thanks to the sponsorship of the Town of Victoria Park.
Brewing Up A Plan To Help
After a trip to Africa in 2015, Katie Liew quit her job as an accountant and started The Underground Collaborative – a social enterprise to help people dealing with homelessness.
Wonder Woman Wednesday
As a social enterprise, we are a business that exists purely with the intention to tackle social problems, improve communities, and provide people access to training and employment.
Providing employment for the homeless is Katie from The Underground Collaborative
This week we interview Katie Liew who is about to launch The Underground Collaborative. The start-up will provide employment for the homeless by creating jobs with the not-for-profit’s funding.
Innovators Creating Housing Solutions
During my presidency, I have seen an increasing number of architects volunteering their services to support community groups through amazing organisations that connect us. Three particular groups have piqued my interest and deserve greater attention.
Creating Hope Through Coffee – The Woman Who Quit Her Day Job To Fight Homelessness
Creating hope through coffee: the woman who quit her day job to fight homelessness.
“Ground+Co will provide employees the skills to transition into long-term employment and consequently stable housing. They will earn award wages and form social connections to other people.”
Good coffee for a great cause
Sometimes the scene in Perth can feel like a bit of a revolving door… Well, the door is well and truly wedged open this month—it’s been hard to keep up, but we’ve done it.
Interview with Ground+Co cafe – CEO and Founder Katie
Popular coffee cart serves the grounding WA domestic violence victims need
When Chloe* moved to Australia she never expected to end up fearing for her life, depressed and homeless.
Even less expected was the fact her saviour would be a little coffee cart in Perth’s CBD, giving people who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless employment and a sense of purpose and belonging.
Some social enterprises are providing jobs for those who are homeless or at risk, and helping them train for future employment.
One example is Ground+Co. “Ground+Co employed me without any work experience. I can now survive on my own, look after myself…. I’m grateful.”
Taking action to help Western Australia’s most vulnerable should be a priority for everybody.
From the ground up: the social start-up helping to alleviate homelessness
Many of us aspire to make a difference in some way, but it can be hard knowing where to start. Micro-café Ground+Co is a Perth-based initiative making social contribution easier – all you need is some small change and a love of coffee.
Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness – Katie’s Story
State Library – Social Enterprise Cafe
[Extract from Hansard] M D.A. Templeman – Minister for Culture and the Arts
“I would like to inform the house about the new social enterprise cafe at the State Library of Western Australia.”
Are you a journalist, media outlet or news source?
We are available for media interviews and can provide further information about The Underground Collaborative.