A COLOSSAL effort is underway to get the Colosoul Cafe up and running.
The community cafe is set to mentor youths who may not be coping with the regular school system; they will receive training in barista skills, business, client service and managing finances.
Not-for-profit Colosoul moved into their Subiaco premises last year, completely overhauling the inside of the run-down building.
Colosoul general manager Katelyn Kitching (23) said they are now at a point where she can focus on the cafe.
“Figuring out the steps has been challenging; there have been so many setbacks, but once it’s done it’s going to be pretty good,” she said.
Ms Kitching and her partner, a plumber, have been getting the work done on the site.
The cafe will target young people between 16 and 25, offering three month internships thanks to mentoring and donations from Grinders Coffee and more.
“Once they’ve done the internship, we’ll help them move into work,” Ms Kitching said.
Ms Kitching has been with Colosoul for over three years, volunteering her time six days a week to help out other young people.
“I love to help people; it’s a great thing when people say thanks so much for doing that,” she said.
Ms Kitching said she hoped for the Colosoul Cafe to open its doors in May.
They are currently running a crowdfunding campaign at pozible.com/project/coffee-that-cares-1.
Anyone looking to mentor or assist with works can also head to weare.colosoul.com.au.