ASRC Cleaning expands with Banyule Council partnership
As an ASRC Social Enterprise committed to creating change through service, ASRC Cleaning is dedicated to working with local communities to create pathways to employment for people seeking asylum and refugees.
Now with the launch of an exciting new partnership with Banyule Council, ASRC Cleaning is expanding our services into Melbourne’s northern region with a mission to create employment pathway opportunities within the Banyule community.
The exciting partnership supports Banyule Council’s pioneering local jobs and social enterprise strategies, which aims to create 100 local job opportunities for disadvantaged diversity groups within a three year period.
In alignment with the Victorian Government’s Social Enterprise Strategy, Banyule Council’s Social Enterprise and Local Jobs team is working to achieve positive social and economic outcomes for the community of Banyule.
Empowering a diverse community
Banyule has a unique demographic as although it has a higher than average socio-economic profile as a municipality, it is home to pockets with a lower than average socio-economic profile than the rest of Banyule and Australia.
One of these pockets is the West Precinct, a culturally diverse area with a population including young families, Indigenous Australians and 80% of Banyule’s Somali community. Across the municipality, the West Precinct has the lowest levels of English proficiency and the largest proportion of overseas born residents and recent arrivals. It also currently has the highest rate of youth unemployment and youth disengagement, making it a focus for community development.
As part of the 12 month pilot ASRC Cleaning will be establishing a base in Shop 48, a community hub in Heidelberg West offering community information, outreach services and co-locating spaces for social enterprises working within the community.
Banyule Mayor Cr Wayne Phillips said Council was proud of the partnership.
“Social enterprises play a valuable role in the social and economic wellbeing of Banyule’s community. Bringing this social enterprise into Banyule gives people a springboard to get their lives back on track and instil them with a real sense of purpose. It will also support the social enterprise to increase its market share and revenue, whilst reducing operational challenges.” Cr Phillips said.
Within two years of the partnership ASRC Cleaning aims to provide over 6,600 of paid hours of employment, and create eight unique employment opportunities for people seeking asylum and refugees from the Banyule community.
ASRC Social Enterprise Director Steve Betinsky sees the partnership as great development for both the business and the wider social enterprise movement.
“This is really an exciting time for not just ASRC Cleaning, but for the social enterprise sector. As a social-enterprise the partnership is a wonderful opportunity to expand our services and empower people seeking asylum and refugees in Banyule.
“On top of that, the pilot will be an opportunity to showcase how councils can utilise social enterprises to empower their economy and residents, and encourage social procurement within their local business community.”
ASRC Cleaning aims to be operational in Banyule in mid-August, and is looking forward to providing the opportunity for residents and businesses in the northern region to create a positive impact while enjoying professional cleaning services.
Do you operate a business or live in Banyule or the northern region and would like to find out more? Fill out an expression of interest below and we’ll be in touch.