• Menu

Strengthening Scarf

Change for Good

The things we do today have the greatest impact on tomorrow

Share This

Share This

At a glance

Strengthening Scarf
Scarf Community Organisation
Grant Type
Thrive Grant

Hospitality is a great stepping-stone for young people from newly-arrived migrant and refugee backgrounds to gain valuable work experience and employment in Australia. 

Scarf is an innovative organisation providing opportunities and training in hospitality to young refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who face complex barriers to employment. The organisation partners with Melbourne’s best hospitality venues to deliver programs that encompass hands-on training, mentoring from industry professionals and paid work experience.

The Scarf team with industry professionals and use 'vacant space' within restaurants on nights that they are closed to run training programs. This offers young people the opportunity to build skills and experience within a supported environment, and the experience of working in a commercial restaurant environment.


70% of graduate trainees find work within six months of finishing Scarf’s training program.

To assist Scarf to build on its success and grow its business, the organisation has received funding from Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation to help develop the most effective and sustainable way for Scarf to grow its impact.


Changing Melbourne for Good