Grant helps café training program

Patricia Lavater, founder/director of the Esther Foundation,Alice Mayes, café manager, Peter Dowling, Future2 charity supporter and Sophie Byrnes, café assistant. Picture: Martin Kennealey d411892
Patricia Lavater, founder/director of the Esther Foundation,Alice Mayes, café manager, Peter Dowling, Future2 charity supporter and Sophie Byrnes, café assistant. Picture: Martin Kennealey d411892

Now, it can continue the work after receiving a $10,000 Australian Financial Planning Association Future2 grant to put towards the Esther Caf� program.

The caf� hosts a training program for women and girls enrolled and supported by the Esther Foundation. It is run by the girls who volunteer their time and work to gain on-the-job training and education within the hospitality industry, with all profits from the caf� going toward the Esther Foundation.

Sophie Byrnes (16) has been with the Esther program for eight months and said she had really enjoyed her time working at the caf�.

‘It is my first real job and I have learnt loads about how to operate the till, and developed skills in hospitality and customer service,’ she said.

‘I now have a lot more confidence in my abilities.’