24 May 2019
A group of volunteers came to the Green Connect farm to remove a leftover crop, glean as much edible food as possible, and compost the rest. This was a pilot project from our Food Optimisation team to figure out the best way to ensure that no food goes to waste at the farm.
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23 January 2019
Green Connect was honoured at the Wollongong City Council Australia Day awards last night, winning the award for Outstanding Community Group.
Emmanuel Bakenga, Support Worker at Green Connect, and community member Irit Alony who nominated Green Connect, were on hand to accept the award and thank the council and community for their support.
23 January 2019
Green Connect – a Wollongong based social enterprise – has won a NSW Government contract to help solve youth unemployment. Green Connect has been engaged to create employment opportunities for disengaged young people aged 15-24, who live in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands, and face multiple and complex barriers to employment.
The contract is part of the Youth Employment Innovation Challenge: a $10 million NSW Government program that provides funding to innovative solutions and ideas that help young people find employment in NSW.
Kylie Flament, General Manager, said:“We’re thrilled to secure this contract, and to grow our work helping tackle youth unemployment in the Illawarra.
“Green Connect set up to create jobs. Jobs for the most disengaged and disadvantaged. Jobs that are meaningful, coupled with training and wrap around support. Jobs that are safe and stable, because sometimes life is not.
“The contract will extend Green Connects’ existing work: creating employment opportunities for young people and former refugees in chemical-free farming and waste recovery.
“This contract is a natural next step for our work. It will mean Green Connect gets paid for the employment outcomes we create, allowing us to invest in more young people in our community.”
Flament concluded: “We designed a program around local young people and what they told us. We are offer a work experience program on our farm, where they can try new things, meet new people, make mistakes, learn and make a difference. We offer accredited training and support. And we provide real and meaningful jobs, in which young people can grow and thrive.”
Green Connect is an Illawarra-based social enterprise that provides jobs, training and support to young people and former refugees. We do this by running a not-for-profit business that works in environmental repair – a growth sector that is jobs rich.
19 October 2018
We were honoured to win an Illawarra Business Award. Bron Williams, HR & Labour Hire Manager, and Kylie Flament, General Manager, were on hand to accept the award and said:
“It’s hard to run a small or medium business. Throw in some lofty social and environmental goals and it seems near impossible, but at Green Connect we do the near impossible every day… thank you to the Illawarra community who believed in us, who buy our products and services, who have provided support when we need it, and who make something that is far from easy, but so valuable, possible.”
1 July 2018
We are proud to have been a certified social enterprise by Social Traders for several years now.
Check out a range of other amazing social enterprises in Australia at https://www.socialtraders.com.au/.
19 July 2018
For those who eat meat, Green Connect offers an ethically-raised option: free-range pork from pigs who are raised with lots of fresh produce, space to roam and sunshine.
3 March 2018
A huge thank you to the amazing team at Quicksand Food who have featured Green Connect in The Illawarra Cookbook and wrote this lovely piece about us:
“The rich growing conditions in the Illawarra have not only fostered an incredible network of farmers and producers, they’ve also created opportunities for the broader community to benefit from this verdant region.
Ensuring these benefits are shared as widely as possible, Green Connect is a social enterprise that targets people often excluded from the workforce – including young people and refugees – by creating fair work employment opportunities on their 12 [acre] permaculture farm…”
22 January 2018
After several years within Our Community Project in Port Kembla, Green Connect and OCP identified that in order to create more permanent jobs, Green Connect needed to join a larger not-for-profit organisation. We are delighted to announce that we have found our new home within Community Resources, an organisation with a 40-year track record of creating jobs that make the community better all over Australia.
Full announcement here.
26 August 2017
We’re honoured to have been featured on ABC’s Landline. Watch the video (just over 10 minutes) here.
16 November 2016
The Westpac Foundation has selected Green Connect as one of its inaugural social scale-up grant recipients. We couldn’t be happier! They also made a video about us which has some beautiful shots of our farm and staff.