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L'Arte Central providing disadvantaged and at risk people with employment opportunities

L’Arte Central is a Social Enterprise Cafe in Cranbourne. It exists to give disadvantaged people in the community a chance to gain employment and training opportunities. The cafe serves up delicious food, has exceptional, friendly service and are kid friendly with their spacious play area.

Play Area

Their cafe is a must visit location when dining with children. Their play space is suitable for most ages, with plenty of tables or floor space to play. Your children will love their range of toys, including a doll house, play kitchen, building blocks and Duplo wall. There is also plenty of opportunities to be creative with their colouring pages.

Play Area

Enjoying a coffee or meal near the play area is made easy with tables located within close proximity. There is also a large communal table, that would be great for larger bookings, such as mother's groups. Secondly, they have a private dining room that can be opened to the play area, which is also a great option, especially for a kid's party.

The menu offers all day brunch and lunch options. The food is delicious and suits most tastes. The children's menu also offers healthy options, such as avocado on toast or grilled chicken tenderloins. There are some scrumptious cakes on display and their coffee and cake deal is difficult to turn down.

Play Area
Smashed Avo with added bacon & kid's avocado on toast

L'Arte Central are more than a cafe. They offer programs that are inclusive to the community, that will explore (with creative art), encourage (with mentoring and life skills), equip (with training) and engage (community involvement).

Explore at L'Arte Central

Their Explore program is a creative art experience, where participants explore and identify their feelings and communicate through visual art. As a mother of a special needs child, I have often read that art therapy is very therapeutic and this is something I would love for my son to be involved in. They have a dedicated studio space and gallery. You can further support artists by purchasing their work.

Encourage at L'Arte Central

This program empowers young people who are experiencing a disadvantage, which impacts them emotionally and professionally. L'Arte Central's aim is to bridge the gap between mental illness and employment.

By completing a Life Skills Program through L'Arte Central, participants can increase their self-esteem and self-confidence. This in return improves their interpersonal and employment skills.

Equip with L'Arte Central

The Equip program provides training and short-term employment, which is aimed to transition into further employment or education opportunities. L'Arte Central provide hands on training and work experience in their cafe and also offer catering. All graduating Trainees will receive their Certificate 3 in Hospitality and a Food Handling Certificate.

Engage with L'Arte Central

L'Arte Central is the place to meet, enjoy and experience great coffee, community and creativity. They are a community hub and local meeting point, in a social or professional capacity. They are a great option for your next event, especially ones that are child-friendly. With your usage of their space and dining with them, you are supporting their other great causes, by providing opportunities to those who need them most.

Play Area

Whether someone is affected by mental health or another disability, they often can find it difficult to find employment, if at all. Drew Gormlie, Project Leader of L'Arte, is no stranger with working with people who are suffered severe and enduring mental health challenges.

Drew is also CEO and founder of Life! Central Services, a preventative agency focused on suicide prevention and intervention, youth support, trauma and other practical support. He is responding to the gap in the workforce where those affected are disadvantaged.

Cranbourne Cafe Giving Back to The Community Montage

L'Arte Central also have other invaluable consultants and advisers on board. Anthony Cheeseman, Australian of the Year Ambassador and Founder of MadCap Cafe Social Enterprise (in former Masters Improvement Stores), utilities his experience and expertise having provided nurturing and safe working environments for those suffering from mental illness or disability.

Dr Michelle Sanders is involved as the Community and Personal Development Program Leader. She is also currently involved as Head of Art and Community Development at Eastern College Victoria and is an advocate as using Art as a form of communication and therapy. She travels for lectures and runs programs in prison systems and works with victims of family violence, at risk teenagers and adults struggling with mental illness.

Finally, Executive Director, Rex Hartley has over 40 years managing and running businesses over a variety of industries. All those involved in L'Arte Central are passionate for the cause and determined to transform lives.

Teddy Cake
A guest of the cafe wrote "Thank You" on the duplo wall

L'Arte Central is providing the community with more opportunities and by supporting this great cause, you are closing this much needed gap. A young guest in the play room, wrote "Thank you" in blocks on the duplo wall. I couldn't say it better myself.

Where: 65 Berwick-Cranbourne Rd, Cranbourne East VIC 3977
When: Mon–Sat 7am – 4pm
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