Nunga Cafe & Youth Service Hub

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Training, lifeskills and housing support for marginalised young people.

How will the funding be spent?

Funds will start-up Adelaide’s first co-located Nunga café, gallery and service hub. The project will bring together three innovative initiatives for disadvantaged young people: a café providing accredited training and real-world work experience; a gallery to provide exposure for young Aboriginal artists; and a service hub providing individualised support and access to housing. Community funding will demonstrate to young people that the SA community cares about them, and is willing to back them.

How will the project be delivered?

Nunga Café participants will receive accredited training, work experience, and job-placement assistance, backed by wrap-around services that provide advice and connections to community services. Young people will be supported to overcome personal challenges, develop actionable life goals, and to secure safe and sustainable housing. Rather than feeling shamed by the stigma of a homeless service, young people will be proud of their contribution to a successful community enterprise.

How many people will directly benefit from this project?

50 young job seekers; at least 30 young Aboriginal artists; and hundreds of South Australian arts enthusiasts and foodies!

How will you measure the impact of this project?

We will measure the number of young people who participate in training, undertake work experience, access the service hub, connect with community activities, and gain employment. We will also track the number of young Aboriginal artists exhibiting their work, the number of patrons visiting the Café and Gallery, and monitor financial progress against the goal of being self-sustaining within 3 years. As well as numerical data, evaluation will include direct feedback (via surveys and interviews) from participants.

How will the project fit this year's theme of ‘Connect, Grow, Build, Belong’?

Young people experiencing homelessness often feel ashamed and disconnected from community. This leads to low self-worth, and lack of hope. The Nunga Café will provide wrap-around support, tailored to young people's individual needs. Young people will develop work-ready skills, and contribute to a dynamic social enterprise they are proud to be a part of. They will gain the confidence to connect with and feel valued by the community, and an increased trust in their capacity to achieve their goals.

Organisation details

Organisation Name

St John's Youth Services

What does this organisation do?

St John’s Youth Services works with young people in Adelaide aged 16 to 25, who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. As well as individuals, we accommodate and support young couples, families, single mums or dads, and their dependent children. We believe in young people, and refuse to define them by their temporary experience of homelessness. Instead, we focus on each young person’s talents and ambitions, and their capacity to overcome the challenges in their past and to take control of their future.

To deliver the Nunga Café and Youth Hub project, St John’s Youth Services will partner with the Career Employment Group (CEG). CEG is a South Australian not-for-profit organisation, with a strong track record in the delivery of training and employment outcomes for young people. In 2012, CEG established the Adelaide Cookery Institute to meet industry demand for high quality, industry-relevant culinary education.


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Sue Malycha

21 May 2017

The Nunga Cafe and Youth Service Hub will change many, many lives for the better. This is a wonderful concept and I'd love to come in one day and enjoy some fine coffee, fine food, fine art and, without doubt, some fine service from very friendly, talented young people who are achieving great success through their own efforts after being given another go at life.
Good luck!

sam zammit

02 May 2017

WoW what a great project! sounds good :)

Lee Mitchell

26 Apr 2017

This will be great for youth in Adelaide. Good luck!