LIKE its namesake, the Sycamore Tree cafe provides the perfect shade from a busy or stressful schedule.
For 30 years, the Burgandy St, East Ivanhoe, and Heidelberg Uniting Church coffee shop has been a place where people can come to get away from the hustle and bustle, have a nice cup of tea and relax in a comfy chair.
Sycamore Tree chair Nan Caple said the cafe was built by volunteers as a window from the church to the community. As the shop began to grow, a manager was hired and the cafe took on young people with disabilities.
“The volunteers were originally from the congregation but have now come from throughout the community including Volunteers of Banyule and Austin School,” Ms Caple said.
She said the cafe had provided training for young volunteers with disabilities who had gone on to find employment afterwards.
“The cafe welcomes everyone in and is a place of comfort and safety,” Ms Caple said.
She said the profits made by the cafe after covering costs were put back into the community.
The cafe will be celebrating 30 years on August 21st with a church service dedicated to the anniversary, followed by a lunch.
Newspaper article – 2016