From training ground to coffee grounds, The Hills Daily Grind is providing a caffine lift to hundreds of people every week at the Balcombe Heights Estate, opposite Jasper Road Public School in Baulkham Hills.
The mobile coffee cart has been open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings during the COVID-19 lockdown while its normal Café Connects barista training was put on hold.
Hills Community Aid established the social enterprise program six years ago to connect with communities over a coffee but to also provide barista training to students who were disconnected with school. HCA Executive Officer Mici Beer said the program had been very successful with students.
“It has been great to see the difference it has made and the confidence it has built in young people which then prepares them for other opportunities that arise.”
The Hills Daily Grind has also been providing barisa training for people wanting to upskill and make themselves more employable. It is now working with Parramatta City Council to offer training to people keen to get back into the workforce. Courses are currently 90 minutes over 10 weeks but are flexible.
While the Hills Daily Grind van may not be a regular sight on Mondays and Fridays due to its training commitments it will be a permanent Wednesday fixture at the Balcombe Heights Estate between 8am and 10.30am in the front carpark 92 Seven Hills Rd, Baulkham Hills.