The Tailrace Centre is a social enterprise hosting events, running programs and raising money for community and charitable organisations locally and around the world.
Below are some of our key projects but there is so much more we do at The Tailrace Centre. Our profits go towards supporting local youth and children’s programs in schools, youth camps as well as weekly pastoral and chaplaincy care. We also contribute to numerous programs in South Asia – the building of community centres; teaching women sustainable business and raising of leaders.
Work with No Barriers
In 2018 Tailrace Cafe is offering a Work with No Barriers Program. It is for young people who are experiencing barriers to employment. Through our program, we aim to give youth skills in front-of-house and cooking that will enable them to find employment.
Youth who experience the following barriers are eligible to apply for our program:
- Language and culture
- Disabilities and health issues
- Life barriers
- Learning difficulties
Paying it Forward
Our Cafe, Tailrace Cafe, supports these projects below. Every time you purchase a meal you get to drop a coffee bean into a jar representing your project choice.
- Syria – we support World Vision in its humanitarian work to Syria.
- Be Her Freedom – funds are sent to A21 Campaign which actively seeks to set people free from slavery.
- Work with No Barriers Program
CAP DEBT Centre
The Tailrace Centre operates a CAP DEBT Centre. This service is free to the local community. Our CAP team visit families in homes and provide a holistic approach to helping people become debt free.
Let me tell you some amazing facts about the first year of this service:
- 5 families are on their way to being DEBT FREE
- 2 families have become DEBT FREE
- 7 families about to sign their way to being DEBT FREE
- 10 support workers have been recruited and trained
- 20 volunteers recruited to assist with home care
- Partnered with 6 organisations to bring freedom to families
All of this with only 1 staff member who volunteered 2 days a week to get this service off the ground.
Bringing Empowerment through Sanitary Pads
It’s not every day we can make the world a better place but today is the day. Let’s address the taboo subject of periods for the sake of women’s dignity. Through Empower Aid we are enabling girls in South Asia through a Sanitary Pad.
- Only 12% of India’s 355 million menstruating women use sanitary napkins.
- Over 88% of women resort to shocking alternatives like unsanitised cloth, ashes and husk sand.
- Incidents of Reproductive Tract Infection (RTI) is 70% more common among these women and inadequate menstrual protection makes adolescent girls (age group 12-18 years) miss 5 days of school in a month (50 days a year). Around 23% of these girls actually drop out of school after they started menstruating.
- The biggest barrier to using a sanitary napkin is affordability. Around 70% of women in India say their family can’t afford to buy them.
Why Press for Progress?
Because we believe all girls should have a right to education. No girl should be uneducated because she misses school 5 days a month simply because she has no access to a sanitary pad. Imagine the difference this would make to their life? Young women, tomorrow’s generation being able to answer the dream in their heart. To create, to be, to go further than maybe what has been offered to them in their family home. We also believe that women have the right to be healthy, energised and creative. Women can’t be these things if they can’t access safe menstruation practices.
How are we going to Press for Progress?
We are going to resource an amazing team of women who will build a sanitary pad factory in South Asia. (So excited…step 1 to women being empowered).
Our $$$ will empower women:
- With sewing skills to create sanitary pads;
- To provide education around menstruation;
- To access public toilets that are safe and accessible.
We can release so many children who are dreaming and imagining just like any other child. They have different coloured skin and live in a different country but they, at this moment, are no different to our children, however, very soon they will be different to us simply because they can’t access a sanitary pad. We can help keep their little dreams alive, their giftedness alive, their sacred purpose alive by funding a vision that empowers and brings dignity.