The story so far…
About a year ago I had an idea to start a little cafe at the Gordon Community Centre that could:
a) bring people together
b) generate income to support the centre
c) offer training and employment opportunities to locals.
Since then I have been taking steps towards making it a reality. One major step was being accepted into The Mill House Social Enterprise Accelerator Program. Another was presenting my idea to the management committee of the centre and getting their support to continue exploring this venture.
Where to from here…
There are still a number of details and approvals to work out with key stakeholders before Little Luxton becomes a reality.
After working as a professional organiser for several years, I realised there was an opportunity to make better use of people’s gently used items. We live in a community where some people have so much stuff and need help getting rid of it, while others need a helping hand to set up a home.
So, I thought, what if there was a way to match the stuff from the people who no longer wanted or needed it, to the people who currently really need it? Imagine the potential good these pre-loved items could do for someone else.
And so, the social enterprise side of my business, Space To Be, was born.
We have made connections with local Canberra charities, including the YWCA Canberra Housing Support Unit, who let us know what their clients need. And then when we are working with our paying clients to help them declutter their homes, we collect those items on their behalf.
“Think about the last time you went out to meet friends, went for a special dinner or relax with colleagues after work. What were the drink options? And if you choose not to drink?
We think that people should be able to choose their relationship with alcohol, without feeling pressured, left out, or bored by the options of alcohol free drinks available.”
That’s why we started Altina Drinks.
At Altina Drinks, we’ve used our science smarts to create Zero Proof Craft Cocktails that pack a punch without the alcohol. We want to shake up the Aussie drinking culture by building a sustainable social enterprise that normalises alcohol free drinks and provides a delicious alternative to the booze.
When you choose our Craft Cocktails, you are also making a choice about your own health, how you drink and how drinking is perceived in our society. We want you to be part of our movement.
Base Soaps is a social enterprise that harnesses our need to buy everyday products and reinvests all profits into health education programs for Australian communities.
Socio-economic issues are currently affecting children in some Australian communities at levels 10 times greater than the World Health Organisation consider “a massive public health problem requiring urgent attention”.
Base Soaps is a hand maker of bar, liquid and shaving soap products, made from scratch in our garage. As you might imagine, it’s the cleanest garage in the world… promise… no really!
Current Products and Progress
We focus on making super products. They need to be high performing with minimalist presentation. Why? We want you to use them every day! Yeah, they make fantastic gifts, but the best gift of all is knowing that regularly buying and using our products has a lasting impact on the future of Australian communities.
The ACT region supplies us with incredible soap making resources. We collect and upcycle olive oil, walnut and macadamia shells to bring you some of the finest lathering and moisturising bar soap. Our secret ingredient is the ethically superior coconut oil from Kokonut Pacific Australia. Uplifting, warm and soothing essential oil combinations really help the products sell themselves.
The true Base trademark exists in our castile liquid soap. The natural chemist at Team Base is able to create some of the finest vegan, hypoallergenic and biodegradable skin care products purely from nature’s supermarket.
We own our environmental foot print, and whilst that means excluding plastic wherever possible, it also means offering products that last longer. Our shaving soap is case in point, each pot contains the equivalent uses to 12 aerosol cans, or enough to shave 1.65 woolly mammoths. That the ridiculously (almost) edible Shampoo Bar has worked its was into many Aussie bathrooms, is testament to our customer’s desire to rid their homes of plastic. Our liquid soap range is also found in the ACT region, by the barrel, to further encourage BYO packaging behaviour.
The Mill House Mission
The Mill House supports for-purpose ventures in their aims of sustainable and scalable social change. By growing a high-quality pipeline of investible social ventures in the ACT and surrounding region for corporate, foundation and individual social impact investors, the Mill House Ventures catalyses positive social impact.
Acknowledgment of Country
The Mill House Ventures acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional custodians of the land upon which we sit and pay respect to all Elders past and present.