Sparechair Café — much more than a café
Guest blog by Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Sparechair Café is a hidden little gem at the heart of Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre. Located on Derby Street, Kew, behind the heritage façade is this Social Enterprise — a wonderful café, but it offers so much more.
The café is a favourite with the local community, offering a delicious range of coffee and teas, freshly made cakes and muffins, along with seasonal homemade lunch dishes.
Much of the produce is actually grown on site and cultivated by the Inclusive Communities Garden Group, made up of dedicated individuals with a disability or mental health illness. The activity is overseen by a group volunteers with a horticultural or gardening background.
Recently the café launched a provedore range, using produce from the kitchen garden, along with excess produce collected by the Kew Fruit Squad. The squad is a local volunteer group who assist Boroonadara residents with the collection of fruits and vegetables from their gardens and then distribute the excess stock to people in need. All revenue raised from the sale of coffee, meals or from our provedore range goes directly back into program delivery.
Sparechair Café also provides Barista training, catering and space to catch up with friends for coffee and a meal and it provides opportunity for the local community to give back in meaningful and respectful ways.