Access Community Services

ACSL operates several financially sustainable social enterprises which provide social, economic and community benefits to local refugee communities. Although these social enterprises resemble and operate like traditional businesses, social objectives are at the centre of business, with income generation playing a supporting role and surpluses being redirected to community benefit. Beginning with a Driving School, set up in 2006 to assist clients with their job seeking and independence, Access now has its own real estate agency which assists in housing clients, a fully operational café called Harmony on Carmody which provides hospitality training to clients, and its own building and property maintenance company called AES Building and Maintenance Solutions. AES employs clients in servicing both Access as well as the general public. A number of other exciting projects and businesses are in various stages of planning and development, including an innovative women’s program called The Spice Exchange.