Chesterville Rd
Cheltenham, 3192

Tel: (03) 8541 9717

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Soul Cafe origins

Soul Cafe began in 2015.

Soul Cafe origins:
Soul Cafe began in 2015, initially led by Lindsey Mineff & Matt Cutler from Southern Community Church Of Christ.

Initial Aims:
To offer people, particularly those who speak English as a second language,the opportunity to:
   • Make friends
   • Practice their language skills
   • Become more confident
   • Learn new skills they could use in the work force
   • Have a safe place to share their culture and experience the culture of others.
   • A chance to belong to a community, particularly for those without a network

Initial Report:
• A genuine community has formed to the point that members of the group reached out to other members who were struggling with significant illness.
• We engaged approximately 10 volunteers, many of whom demonstrated significant growth in their language skills and self-confidence.
• We had 11 lunches that catered to approximately 30-50 people/session.

The initial volunteers were:
• Amal Fathelbab • Miharu Hajinikitas • Anthony Beer • Hong Dinh • Antigoni Kotsera • Lianne Ng • Margarita Vitell • Ercan Doruk • Andi Nurasiah • Rajini Pamnani • Sudhir Shokeen