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Cultivate Food and Beverage isn't just great on a plate, it's great in the community.

With a purpose to provide opportunities to people who experience barriers to work, including people with disability in an open employment setting, Cultivate offers training and jobs to the country’s future chefs and hospitality workers.

Not only does Cultivate offer more choice to people with disability and the ability to earn a full award wage, we’re also being part of the solution when it comes to reducing pressures on the NDIS budget, by reducing the number of participants. Transitioning participants into open employment supports them to become truly economically independent.

Every time an individual transitions to open employment (from supported employment) there is a cascade of social, financial and health benefits to the individual and broader community, including economic benefits to the government.

We know instinctively that this is the case but to quantify it, we have partnered with the Centre for Social Impact at Flinders University to calculate these social and economic benefits, so we can measure and value the impact these social enterprises will deliver to the disability community. Early research shows an impressive social return on investment for every dollar invested.

Bedford Social Enterprises are run as 'profit-for-purpose' entities and do not rely on NDIS or government funding to be financially sustainable.

Cultivate – the ingredients for change.