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Chief Executive Officer of The Ian Potter Foundation, Janet Hirst; Chief Executive Officer of Ermha, Peter Waters; Chairman of The Ian Potter Foundation, Charles Goode.(l-r)

The Foundation is delighted to announce that a Commemorative Grant of $500,000 has been awarded to Ermha (Eastern Region Mental Health Association) to enable them to scale up their social enterprise MadCap cafes and refine their job placement model.

Ermha is a community based organisation that supports recovery and instills hope for people who are experiencing the effects of a mental illness. Ermha’s MadCap Cafés assist people who are experiencing a mental illness who want to enter, or re-enter, the workforce with a focus on what people can do, not what they can’t.  MadCap Café provides transitional employment training that offers consistent, professional support and real on-the-job experience.

 This grant will allow Ermha to implement a ‘Business of Recovery’ program specifically is to develop a partnership agreement with the Woolworths Group which will initially establish five new modular cafes at Masters Home Improvement stores over the next three years and to develop and trial an Individual Placement Support (IPS) model to assist trainees in finding employment beyond their MadCap training. At the same time Ermha will be evaluating the impact this training has building a case for future support in order to provide an attractive Social Return on Investment (SROI) for Government and investors to sustain the cafes in the future.  The long term goal is for the MadCap Café enterprise to be self-sustaining.

Chief Executive Officer of The Ian Potter Foundation, Janet Hirst said, “MadCap have had great outcomes since they started seven years ago, with over 500 people going through their training programs.  This grant will see them expand a lot faster and better evaluate their programs so they can achieve their goal of self-sufficiency.  And you have to admire MadCap’s own philosophy that to be a sustainable enterprise the coffee has to be great!”

More information about Ermha.


50th Anniversary,Commemorative Grants

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