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The Compass Institute continues to deliver training and skill-building opportunities in the region with the opening of its newest social enterprise – a new cafe at Caloundra City Autos.

Caloundra City Autos has announced a new initiative with local disability charity The Compass Institute, opening a new social enterprise cafe inside the dealership, called Compass Cafe.

Through Compass Cafe, people with disabilities who attend Compass have the opportunity to gain real-world vocational experience in the field of hospitality and to connect with their local community in a meaningful way. Compass Cafe is one of many social enterprises run by The Compass Institute, which are all designed to provide valuable training and skill-building opportunities across a multitude of fields including hospitality, retail, catering and arts and crafts.

“We are so grateful to be able to partner with Caloundra City Autos to offer more hands-on opportunities for the young people we support,” Sandra Brodie, head of business and growth at The Compass Institute, says. “Compass Cafe will provide a valuable training ground for our trainees, and for many, it will serve as a stepping-stone to some of our larger social enterprise cafes. We can’t thank Dan and the team enough.”

Caloundra City Autos dealer principal Dan Hunt says, “To have the opportunity to assist Compass in providing just another avenue for these young people to get into the workforce and give joy and happiness to our customers and the greater Caloundra community is just a privilege for Caloundra City Autos.”

Serving coffee and cake from 7.30am to 2pm Monday to Friday, the Compass Cafe is located inside the Caloundra City Autos dealership at 44 Caloundra Road, Caloundra.

About The Compass Institute:

The Compass Institute is an award-winning Sunshine Coast based ‘for purpose’ organisation, dedicated to providing support for people with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. It delivers learning, development and vocational programs through a range of campuses and social enterprises across the Sunshine Coast, including a fully functional farm, multiple cafes, a retail outlet, a commercial kitchen, an assistance dog program and much more. Compass believes in the extraordinary potential of human beings and is driven to create a world where everyone can have the opportunity to create the life of their choice.

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