Nestled lakeside in Birtinya, sits Common Ground Community Café. A small café with a whole lot of heart and just so happens to be ComLink’s newest social enterprise business. A reboot of its successful predecessor Link Café Lakeside, the newly re-branded café comes with a complete new look and vision.
Throughout the year Common Ground puts the spotlight on different causes across the Sunshine Coast and invites influencers from leading not-for-profits to share their vision and purpose. ComLink CEO, Feda Adra states, “We want to help more people. We already help almost 30 thousand people a year. So, could you imagine what more we could do through the café to help other communities, not just our own clients?”
Raising money for the community will be at the forefront of what the café does. The café will offer unique support through Friday Social, a once a month drinks and tapas fundraising afternoon and quite possibly the cruisiest knock-offs in town! And don’t forget the Community Meal of the Month! These reasonably priced chef’s specials are more than just a gourmet lunch, they are an innovative way to give back, with $5.00 from every meal sold going directly to a local cause or charity. Already, Common Ground has contributed over $3,000 collectively towards other Sunshine Coast causes; including Compass Institute Inc, Bloomhill Cancer Care and Buderim Men’s Shed to name a few.
Common Ground’s efforts haven’t stopped there. They now proudly host ComLink’s newest program Meeting on Common Ground, a home style high tea brunch aimed to reduce loneliness and social isolation in seniors by providing a meeting space to build friendly and connected neighbourhoods, combat physical and mental health and improve overall well-being.
“We want Common Ground to be the place that everyone goes to meet, whether for business, pleasure or family. We want to bring people together around great food, with a philanthropic spirit”, Head Chef Scott Coulson said.
Paired with Scott’s passion for food, is his passion for helping others. Scott provides an opportunity for young school children to learn hospitality once a week, “I find great satisfaction in giving and knowing that if someone gets an opportunity – it may be all they need to progress in life”.
Servicing a varied breakfast, lunch and catering menu, there is something for everyone (the gluten free caramel slice is to die for)!
Overwhelmingly, the community response has been amazing! The café has a loyal following of regulars and is seeing lots of new faces.
Profits from Common Ground also support the work of ComLink to provide transport to elderly and disabled residents across Queensland. How awesome!
Common Ground… your new coffee haunt, lunch hotspot and social networking hangout.