A hospitality skills-building initiative

Harmony on Carmody Café is Logan’s Multicultural Café. The cafe’s purpose, as a social business for Access, is to provide opportunities for refugees, migrants and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers to gain hands-on training and work experience in the hospitality industry.

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Harmony on Carmody Café provides a positive dining experience within a broader appreciation of Logan’s community and culture. Importantly, the café provides opportunities for disadvantaged refugee, migrant and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers to acquire skills. This is provided through hands-on training and work experience in hospitality roles such as kitchen hand, barista and wait staff.

In keeping with this vision, Access opened Harmony on Carmody in 2008 to both serve as a venue that brings members of the community together to dine and share in experiencing the benefits of multiculturalism; and to promote harmony and an appreciation of the richness that Logan City's diverse culture offers.

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On July 9 Access opened Harmony Café Yarrabilba in the display village of the emerging urban development in Logan. The container coffee shop is a social enterprise and the second Harmony Café to be established by Access, the first of which, Harmony on Carmody, took root in Logan Central in 2013. The Yarrabilba coffee pod came to fruition through a partnership between Yarrabilba developer Lendlease and Access. Yarrabilba is an emerging, master-planned urban community that is earmarked to accommodate a population of 50,000 people at its completion. Support for employment creation opportunities has therefore been identified as a key to the effective delivery of Yarrabilba. General Manager for Communities in Queensland, Guy Gibson said Lendlease was excited to be working with Access to deliver the amenity to the community.

Harmony Café Yarrabilba has provided an opportunity for training and employment opportunities to be provided to the multicultural community settling in Yarrabilba. It also created an opportunity for Strive International Employment and Training - part of the Access group - to provide four new staff with immediate and ongoing employment at the café, two of whom are Yarrabilba locals that live within a five minute from their new place of employment. The successful employment placements were made possible through the strategic relationship the Strive team continues to nurture with Job Active.

We are more than just your average Cafe - see how you are helping the community grow by choosing the Harmony Cafes!

Phone: (07) 3208 5997
Email: enquiries@harmonyoncarmody.com.au

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