These businesses are Social Enterprise initiatives that support Work For The Soul to continue the provision of community programs and services, with the added bonus of reducing landfill and waste. Our aim is to become independant and financially sustainable through these activities
Penny Pinchers Op Shop Showroom
Positioned in the heart of our Community Centre Penny Pinchers has a variety of goods, clothes, shoes, toys, bric a brac and kitchenware available at very affordable prices.
You never know what you can find in an Op Shop and Penny Pinchers is no exception! We aim to keep a large amount of our goods with prices as low as possible. We also have a selection of labels and brand names that we sell online via our social media platforms. It's through these proceeds that we are able to make the sales that helps us remain financially viable. All with the added bonus of minimizing landfill and reducing the carbon footprint.
Find us on Facebook Marketplace and our Penny Pinchers Facebook page and Twitter @buy_penny
Soul Purpose Eco Shopping Bags
Our Eco shopping bags are up-cycled and hand made from 100% recycled hessian/burlap sacks collected each week through our partnership with Grinders Coffee. Bags are available in store from our Penny Pinchers Op Shop, selected local markets, Grinders Coffee in Lygon Street. Partnerships have now been established for distribution interstate.
The Old Jam Jar Café (Training Café)
Our Learn & Advance Training Course has been developed to deliver training in employability skills that we know are needed to gain real employment in todays workforce.
Through this Social Enterprise program we will assist marginalised people with supported pathways to employment. Our holistic programs aim to provide improved mental health and well-being, vocational skills, and links to other support service providers which will compliment the other core modules of the course.
Grinders Coffee are genorously providing the coffee making training and Work For Soul are developing employer relationships to create a data base of employers who are committed to offering jobs to participants that have successfully completed the course and are deemed to be job ready.
Do you love coffee and want experience in the hospitality industry? Through the support of Grinders Coffee, we are able to provide training to Volunteers in our Training Café. This opportunity is only available to Volunteers who are willing and committed to complete an agreed number of shifts on our Café Roster.
Plastic RePurposing Makers Space Hub
Our Makers & Education Hub offers a space where people can research and experiment with how to convert and re-urppose discarded everyday waste plastic into material that can be used to craft and create usable itmes.
Initially utilising the blue prints, information and resources availbe via preciousplastic.com Work For The Soul went beyond this to include crafting and up-cycling all things plastic. Creation of a data base of examples, how to's and craft ideas is an ongoing task in the project.
People interested and passionate about this Plastic RePurposing can email us to find out more Volunteers are encouraged to make contact
Sponsorhip is currently being sought to continue, expand and develop the Hub further.
Read For The Soul Online Bookstore
Read For The Soul has now launced an eBay store for distribution of our books. With 12,000 books currently listed in our data base and new books donated everyday we have a vast collection and variety to choose from. Books can ve viewed via eBay or by visitng Penny Pinchers located in the heart of our Community Centre located in Gower Street Preston Vic
Find us on eBay, Facebook Marketplace and our Read For The Soul Facebook page