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Meet Cailey.

When I met Cailey recently, the first thing I noticed were her twinkly eyes and warm, kind nature. Over cold pressed coffee we talked about the past twelve months and I soon discovered that she’d been on quite a journey.

Finishing Year 12 last year, Cailey didn’t know what to do next, and was pretty terrified about finding out. She had been following Cup From Above on Facebook for a few years, and tentatively started volunteering at the café. In this community of acceptance, love and support, she slowly started to gain her confidence back. She shared with me that working there has helped her to be more generous and forgiving, and has empowered her to start venturing out again.

The team trained her up to be a Jedi barista, and with this newfound confidence, Cailey successfully scored a job at another local café. When she’s not there you can often find her back at Cup From Above, continuing to volunteer at the place she considers to be a second family. Thank you Cailey for all that you joyfully give to our community!

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(If you’ve always wanted to be a Jedi…barista, we offer paid courses http://cupfromabove.com.au/barista-classes/)

Article by Suz Faulkner

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Michael Seabrook & Grandpa’s Garden

Michael Seabrook sowing seeds.

About four years ago, Michael, a young guy working in retail in Aspley, happened to stroll past Cup From Above and decided to grab a coffee and check it out. His passion for people and giving back to the community instantly clicked with our mission, and Michael soon began volunteering. He tried his hand at being a barista, only to discover that boiling water was about his limit. But Michael is a big fan of gardening, driven by his love of eating good healthy food (and a strong dislike of spending lots of money on groceries!), so he took his hobby and teamed up with Adam to create a little collaborative urban farm project called Grandpa’s Garden.

Michael planned and set up a large vegie patch out the back of the café, spreading into the charity house garden. He continues to educate volunteers of all ages on how to sow seeds and seedlings, and maintain and water the plants (news to me that there’s a right and wrong way to watering – sorry to all my withering plants at home).  At Grandpa’s Garden, people are taught valuable skills that they then take back into their own homes and communities. 

Currently the garden is producing eggplant, tomatoes, parsley, lemongrass and a sneaky passion fruit vine. In a beautiful symbiotic process, the fresh, high quality produce is used in the café and the discarded coffee grounds get composted back onto the garden. As it continues to thrive, surplus veges are given to those in need in the community. 

Michael is an ideas man and he hasn’t stopped there. A new project is about to be launched, one that gives people a people a taste at home of what they’re eating at the café. Watch this space…

Article by Suz Faulkner

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Office Space?

If we’re successful next week in court we’re going to need our office space back for the young man to stay in.

We’d like to see if anyone has a small room or somewhere can use for an office.

As you can see in the photos we don’t need a big space.  Just 2 desks, 2 chairs, a filing cabinet, a printer and a computer.

We’d need access to it all throughout the week.  We have an administration night on Tuesdays where a bunch of volunteers from different professions get together to help on our projects.  We have volunteers doing their placement from various universities and other organisations who would be there.

It ideally needs to be somewhere in the triangle between Aspley, the Valley & Boondall.

If you have a space we could use for this we would hugely appreciate it.  We cannot afford to pay any rent.  We’re hoping someone out there simply has the spare space we could use.  It doesn’t have to be permanent but for at least 3 months would be greatly appreciated.

If you have some space available for us to use please email adam@cupfromabove.com.au.  Thank you!

 

 

 

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