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Here's a bit about what we've achieved over the years.

SPIRAL Community Hub was established in 2003 with the core goals of creating sustainable local economy and sustainable livelihood for the most disadvantaged in the community.  Over the years we have  worked with hundreds of people disadvantaged in the labour market through work experience and training programs and assisted them in to long term sustainable employment.  SPIRAL has consistently achieved over 70% employment outcomes  for our Skilling Queenslanders for work programs wheras  the average outcomes across Brisbane are closer to 50%.  When SPIRAL was a ‘work for the dole’ sponsor our participation rates consistently ranked the highest in the State. Our work began in West End with the Kurilpa Ethical Consumer guide and has continued to achieve best practice community development outcomes from vibrant locally run neighbourhood community gardens,  self sustaining  savings and credit groups and our partnership with the Eritrean Australian Women’s and Families Network to establish Muóoz Restaurant in Moorooka.

SPIRAL Community Hub operates strongly from a community development framework.  We work with local communities to identify what sort of programs best fit them to achieve ‘sustainable livelihood and best practice environmental outcomes.  This often means that programs are developed with communities that have very high results as there is significant interest and commitment from community groups. For instance the community development processes undertaken within the Eritrean community from 2004 assisted them to first establish a catering business and then start a restaurant in 2008.  The restaurant trained and employed more than 80 women who’ve arrived in Australia as refugees and continue to provide the African community with ongoing social and economic benefit.  Many women have gained their first employment in Australia in the restaurant before being able to move in to other employment.

SPIRAL Community Hub was funded a pilot program in 2007 by Immigration and Citizenship to run an enterprise development program with refugees.  The success of this program resulted in a three year contract with DIAC.  The program has so far assisted more than 90 people who have arrived in  Australia as ‘humanitarian entrants’ fleeing persecution to establish nine new businesses in Australia. Businesses have included:

  • Restaurants
  • cafes
  • catering services
  • a multicultural employment agency
  • an African grocery store
  • a cleaning company
  • a dressmaking and African Australian fusion fashion label
  • a satellite installation company
  • and a weaving business used by interior design companies.

 

In addition SPIRAL Community Hub is operating as an incubator of social enterprise in Brisbane supporting the establishment of:

  • Sustainable Gardening Services
  • Muóoz Restaurant
  • Just Earth store and cafe
  • Green Black eco design and construct
  • Natural Painting People
  • Paper Trail

Other achievements include:

  • Establishing two community gardens in West End.
  • Running a number of successful green building projects with young Indigenous people.
  • Assisting Indigenous women and women returning to work  in the local community in introductory computing and administration courses.
 

News

We're hosting as a part of Anywhere Fest 2013
25th March 2013
SPIRAL is set to host poetry slam as a part of Anywhere Fest
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Non Toxic Painting People
26th April 2013
SPIRAL Social Enterprise Hub has officially launched Non Toxic Painting People!
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SPIRAL Launches No Interest Loan Scheme
28th April 2013
SPIRAL Community Hub now provides the No Interest Loan Scheme to low income individuals within Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich ...
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