Global Garden – GPLACE
Your donations at work (mid year update)
“The project has partnered with the City of Ballarat’s CALD Careers Program, piloted three business breakfasts and two other catering events and explored additional workplace training opportunities for a Kitchen Assistant who will commence in Phase 2. The additional catering events included:
1. Dinner meeting of the OMAC Regional Advisory Committee of the State government at GPLACE
2. Luncheon for the GPLACE Consortium and partners and the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Planning, the Hon Matthew Guy MP
On the 30th May the Director of the Victorian Government Office of Multicultural attended a GPlace luncheon meeting to discuss multicultural affairs in this region and Victoria and to discuss the GPLACE site. The function catered for 19 guests and GPLACE members and stakeholders. The Social Enterprise managed the event and catering. A delicious Brazilian black bean soup and lime mousse was served. The soup was devised from menus provided by our Brazilian membership. The food production was collaboration between our Coordinator and a Sudanese volunteer assistant from the CALD Careers program. Her aim is to eventually develop her independent business but in the meantime, while raising a young family and developing language skills, contacts and experience she is benefitting from the support and business training provided by the project.”
GPLACE (Golden Point Learning and Cultural Environment) operates in an adapted Heritage building and grounds. It is a dedicated community facility that it is made available for community learning and cultural gatherings. The GPLACE Consortium is managed by three corporate members: Ballarat Regional Multiculutral Council Inc. comprising 22 Member organisations and 40 individual and Associate Members;University of the Third Age (U3A) providing classes and seminars and learning opportunities for over 300 seniors; and Mount Clear College VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) Program that ensures school retention by providing a flexible and dedicated learning site for for At-Risk and marginalised students.
The ‘Global Garden’ project seeks to establish a social enterprise that utilises and shares the GPLACE kitchen and garden optimally and leverages the community activity in them to create a sustainable ‘Global Garden’ enterprise. The aim in promoting GPlace’s facilities is to provide diverse and nutritious food service as well as training and employment opportunities for marginalised members of the community.