Some years ago, our founder Katie travelled to Africa for two months camping in poverty-stricken areas. Upon returning, she felt complete dissatisfaction, anger and deflated with the state of the world. Yet the trip also reignited her passion for life, especially of those less fortunate.
And so, in 2017 The Underground Collaborative was born, a social enterprise that provides employment to empower and educate woman and young people experiencing homelessness in WA. The first initiative is to create jobs through Ground+Co, our cafe that provides training and employment.
In November 2019, Ground+Co launched Billie cart – our very first ‘cafe’ outside the EY Building in partnership with Brookfield Properties which employed three women who were homeless due to family and domestic violence.
Sadly, due to COVID-19 we bid farewell to Billie in March 2020 as we packed her up – but not without recognising the incredible impact we’ve been able to achieve in this short amount of time! You can read more about our impact here and catch up on our Impact Reports to learn more about our beautiful employees!
Ground+Co has since found a permanent flagship home inside, and in partnership with the State Library of WA which we are so thrilled about! Find us at 25 Francis Street inside the library, within the Perth Cultural Centre!