Social Enterprise at Warringah Mall

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An innovative social enterprise empowering Northern Beaches residents with disability, has opened at Warringah Mall.

Avenue is the retail business of not-for-profit organisation, Fighting Chance, selling curated, unique, ethical brands from around the world to customers on the peninsula.

The enterprise is run by local people with significant disability, who manage and operate the business, and benefit from its success through a profit share arrangement.

Catherine Percy, Avenue general manager, says that opening a kiosk in Warringah Mall has been a huge step forward for the whole team.

“Avenue is a social enterprise which harnesses the skills and abilities of people with disability to bring epic brands to the world,” she explains.

Catherine says the business partners with artisans from across the globe to bring their products to Australia, and highlight the social challenges in their communities. This includes Quazi Design, in Swaziland, Africa, which produces jewellery and homewares, giving work to women living in poverty.

“We are also selling our own Avenue Originals Candles, designed by our team of people with disability in Frenchs Forest, and manufactured in collaboration with a local artisan candle maker.

“In the past we have sold our wares through community markets, but we are thrilled to have a permanent kiosk in Warringah Mall for the next month,” she adds.

All profits from Avenue’s sales are divided among Avenue’s team members with disability. The new Avenue kiosk is on the ground floor, just opposite Coles. The kiosk is open until 15 October, again between 30 October - 12 November, and then for one further week from 13 November - 20 November.

For more information visit www.fightingchance.org.au or visit the kiosk.