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Ignite Cafe

A not-for-profit cafe using hospitality to help people thrive.

Ignite Cafe is a Melbourne social enterprise cafe where people experiencing barriers to work or training can come to build skills and connections. The cafe provides:

  • a nurturing, supportive and welcoming hospitality environment for volunteers, staff and community members
  • accredited, hands-on cafe training under the guidance of skilled mentors
  • practical pathways into employment

Ignite Cafe is about more than coffee: it’s a safe and inclusive space where all people are free to be themselves.

Coffee with a cause

Ignite Cafe offers people with barriers to work or education the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the hospitality industry. Need catering for your next morning tea meeting? Support Ignite Cafe by ordering one of our catering options – get in touch at ignitecafecamberwell@jss.org.au.

Hospitality training

Ignite Cafe offers accredited and non-accredited cafe skills training through Jesuit Community College. Expand each training type to see what’s on offer.

Ready Set Work Cafe Operations – 22476VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults (Introductory) (Statement of Attainment)

I’ve learnt a lot of great skills here, met a lot of great people. Whether you’re looking into hospitality or you love coffee, I would recommend this course.


Cafe Operations participant

Hospitality experience

Through our volunteer program, Ignite Cafe creates pathways to employment as well opportunities for team and community engagement.

We create a safe and welcoming environment where participants, community members and staff alike can thrive. We teach various hospitality skills, including till work, customer service, coffee making, food preparation and basic workplace health and safety. To find out more about our volunteer program, please contact ignitecafecamberwell@jss.org.au.

Ignite is a place where people who may feel disengaged and disconnected from life and community have a chance to recognise themselves as having a place in society, having value.



Get in touch
  • OPEN Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm
  • VISIT 340 Camberwell Road, Camberwell VIC 3124 (next to Camberwell Library)
  • CONNECT @ignitecafecamberwell