Green Connect is a not-for-profit social enterprise that employs young people and former refugees in jobs that help the planet and the community – mainly reducing waste and growing fair food.
We run an urban farm that follows permaculture and organic faming principles to produce free-range food that is good for people and planet (see Fair Food)
We help organisations reduce their waste to landfill, through waste audits and management plans, and by managing waste at events to ensure as much as possible is composted or recycled. Our aim is to ensure zero waste, and we are achieving 91% diversion at some events (see Zero Waste Services)
We also offer staffing solutions (labour hire), to connect our staff to other businesses, industries and opportunities, and to give local businesses access to hardworking, reliable employees (see Staffing Solutions)
Our staff are offered training and personalised, wrap-around support. Many of the young people we employ have never seen what it means to have and keep a job, due to high rates of intergenerational unemployment in our area. Many of the former refugees we employ have never seen what it means to have and keep a job in Australia. Our training, support and paid work means that they get experience, income, learn what is expected by employers, can try different things and make mistakes, and most will go on to secure meaningful, long-term roles in an area they enjoy and are good at.