Wayside Chapel opens social enterprise business Heart Café at Bondi Beach

Ancient grains porridge, Heart Café.

Sydney not-for-profit, Wayside Chapel, is entering the foodservice industry with the launch of new social enterprise Heart Café that will offer a youth employment program designed to help disadvantaged people.

Opening on Wednesday November 14, Heart Café is a stone's throw from Bondi Beach with a menu dedicated to breakfast, salad bowls and coffee by Gypsy Espresso.

Through Wayside Chapel's Wingspan Project, the cafe will provide a 12-month, paid hospitality traineeship to disadvantaged and unemployed young people who in turn will receive a Certificate II in Hospitality to help kickstart their career.

"We’re delighted to have the chance to bring a unique and fresh perspective to the Bondi cafe dining scene," says Jon Owen, pastor and CEO of Wayside Chapel.

"Heart Cafe is one-of-a-kind and goes beyond quality coffee, healthy food and good service – it returns hope to the lives of unemployed young people by supporting them into paid hospitality traineeships and breaking the cycle of unemployment.

"Our aim is to create community and an opportunity for locals to give back."

Overseeing Heart Café is venue manager and 20-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Mo Rosa.

She says, "The cafe will serve a delicious wholefood menu using fresh, local ingredients including some organic produce sourced directly from the Wayside Chapel community garden, less than 50 metres away – giving true meaning to our sustainable and local philosophy.

“It’s wonderful that the local community will be able to feel great in knowing that every dollar they spend, will be used for social good.”

The Wayside Chapel is a charity and Parish Mission of the Uniting Church in Australia. It has been providing care and support for people on and around the streets of Sydney since 1964.

For more information, please visit heartcafe.com.au.