Crepes for Change is a social enterprise that raises funds for young homeless people.
Not only does the food van donate all of its profits to those in need, it also trains and hires young Melbournians to give them the skills they need to get back into the workforce.
What originally started as an idea on the bus ride home has turned into a massively successful business that has impacted hundreds of young people in Victoria.
The business has recently expanded into a Coffee Cart Changing Lives, and founder Dan Poole says this is only just the beginning.
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eat-upEat Up is a not-for-profit organisation that dedicates its time to providing lunches for over 47 schools in Victoria to primary school children who would normally go without.
Founder Lyndon Galea started Eat Up when he read an article in the paper about how 1 in 8 kids go to school without packed lunches.
He started in his home time, Shepparton, supporting four schools, then moved from Bendigo to Melbourne.
He started Eat Up all whilst he was studying a Bachelor of Entrepreneurship at RMIT.
Lyndon works in partnership with a dairy company which supply the cheese and butter for Eat Up, however relies on donations and purchases the bread himself.
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Fresh are an applied theatre company based on working with individuals in difficult life circumstances.
Fresh work with and support young individuals affected by substance abuse, mental illness or are victims of domestic violence.
Shaz Mullens combined her passion for theatre and helping disadvantaged youths, what started out in a small room has now spread to 5 theatres across Melbourne, from Blackburn to Bayswater and Elsternwick to Templestowe.
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Helping Hoops was founded by Adam McKay and officially began in 2010.
Helping Hoops runs free session for youths from struggling backgrounds.
The main focus for these programs are not to improve skills, but to instill values that will benefit children in their lives outside of sport.
Many coaches help run these sessions around Melbourne, running about 6-8 programs a week with over 350 programs in total each year.
The program hosts one charity shootout each year to raise money.
The program is endorsed by some Basketball players from the NBL and WNBL.
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upload_tmp614Port Phillip Specialist School caters for a diverse population of students with mild to severe intellectual disabilities from age 2.8 (Early Education Program) to 18 years of age.
PPSS has developed an innovative approach to delivery of curriculum that employs the power of the arts as a vehicle to engage students with learning in Literacy, Numeracy and Living Skills. This model is called the Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum (VPAC).
It uses Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts as a means to engage special needs students in learning skills that will ensure they reach their potential and are able to function as independently as possible.
The staff at Port Phillip Specialist School believe that the focus for all school activities is the student.
They consider that each student is a unique individual, worthy of unconditional respect and commitment.
PPSS believes that all students will develop capabilities, in communication and independence, to the best of their abilities.
PPSS supports students to build confidence and demonstrate capabilities in an environment that is respectful and supportive.


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SecondBite is an organisation that supplies fresh surplus food from local food donors directly to charity partners in Melbourne.
SecondBite has rescued over 12 million kilograms of food from their major partnership built with Coles, and the 600 franchises SecondBite works with across Australia.
This partnership has provided over 25 million nutritious meals for men, women and children in Australia who are struggling with the daily challenges of disadvantage.
With the support of over 600 volunteers, SecondBite has been able to expand and support more disadvantaged youths, families, asylum seekers and indigenous communities across Australia.
With fresh produce, it is quality assured food being utilised by their partnering charities.
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The Soup Place, located in popular Melbourne ally way Centre Place, serves soup with a twist.
Customers can choose to exercise the Pay It Forward scheme and pay an extra $3.50 to buy a hot bowl of soup for the homeless and write a personalised post-it note expressing their concern.
If one wishes to redeem a bowl of soup they grab a post it note off the wall and trade it in for soup.
The Soup Place has provided over 6,000 bowls of soup to the less fortunate.
Owner George Paraskevopoulo was inspired by a New York pizza place that uses a similar Pay It Forwad scheme.
George strongly believes in Pay it Forward and the power of what a hearty meal can do for someone’s wellbeing.
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St Kilda Mums is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation established in 2009 and based in St Kilda, Melbourne.
They rehome new and pre-loved baby goods and nursery equipment to families in need.
They believe that by reusing and recycling much-loved babies’ and children’s gear, they not only share the joy of motherhood with each other, but they save the earth’s precious resources too.
Since opening, St Kilda mums now operates Geelong Mums and Eureka mums in Ballarat, as well as opening a second factory in St Kilda.
St Kilda Mums supports children and parents experiencing hardship.
They provide material aid in practical partnership with maternal child health nurses and social service agencies.
All donations go directly to the families that they support, and each item to someone who specifically needs it. They do not support individuals or families directly.
The recipient’s social workers or maternal child health nurses contact them their behalf.
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