The Ways & Means café provides employment opportunities and workplace experience for young people. 

Ways and Means is an important social enterprise powered by YSAS. The cafe first opened their doors in 2014 and has since brewed its way into the hearts of Melbourne’s CBD workers.

Opening its doors in 2014, Ways and Means is a social enterprise café nestled beneath the bustle of the Melbourne government precinct. The boutique café offers delicious coffee, wholesome meals and irresistible treats. But, it's not just about the amazing coffee and tasty food: Ways & Means is also a vital YSAS program, offering vulnerable young people the opportunity to work in a café setting to develop new skills and a sense of belonging.

Over the last two years, Ways & Means has created a supportive pathway for young people interested in gaining work experience and building their confidence. So far, over 90 young people – some of whom facing significant disadvantage – have come through the cafe doors to grow, learn and eventually head back out into paid employment or study. The community makes this work possible. All the regular coffee drinkers and catering orders teach young people valuable skills and keep the café going.

To find out more about Ways & Means, head to www.waysandmeans,org.au or contact YSAS Reception on (03) 9415 8881. Or, if you’re out and about in the CBD, make sure you come by and say hello at 18 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne.

“My experience at Ways & Means has brought back my confidence with work that I’ve previously lost, which is going to help me in the future with other employment. Most importantly I have achieved my goal of wanting to have a stable job which I thought I’d never be able to achieve with how chaotic my life used to be. I couldn’t be happier working at Ways & Means”
- Edward