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what is do more than drink?

Do More Than Drink is a one-week campaign which sees Melbourne’s most socially conscious bars join forces with thirsty Melbournians to help Scarf continue transforming young lives.

Do More Than Drink ‘18 (Sunday 2 - 9 December) is the fourth annual campaign of its kind, with over 30 fabulous bar partners on board, including Gerald’s Bar, The Moon, Bomba, The Lincoln, Stomping Ground Beer Hall, STARWARD Distillery, Hudsons Road Wine Bar, Two Birds Brewing, The Rochester and many more.

All bar partners have generously pledged to donate $1 from every drink sold on one night of the campaign’s final weekend. They’ll also display a Do More Than Drink donation jar throughout the campaign week; punters are encouraged to throw in a few dollars to help Scarf continue running programs for young people facing barriers to work.

Do More Than Drink has a big focus on raising funds so that Scarf can continue transforming young people’s lives through awesome hospitality training, mentoring and paid work experience programs.

Click here to see how the funds raised support Scarf.  

Do More Than Drink also aims to raise awareness about employment barriers faced by young people seeking protection, and those from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Humanitarian migrants face unemployment rates of up to 43% compared to the national average of around 6%. Barriers to employment are complex and intertwined, and include limited English, lack of Australian work experience and local references, impacts of past trauma on health and wellbeing, low confidence and discrimination. Scarf has been working hard to break down these barriers for the past eight years

Finally, Do More Than Drink offers awesome work experience opportunities to recent graduates from Scarf programs.

So, check out the huge list of bar partners, grab a bunch of friends, and get ready to enjoy a beverage in support of Scarf between Sunday 2 - 9 December!  

When you Do More Than Drink, you help create a world where all young people have equitable employment opportunities.

 Bottoms up!

 
 
 

2018 bar partners

35 of Melbourne's most socially conscious bars are partnering with Scarf for Do More Than Drink '18 - what a bunch of legends! Here are the bars listed by the date on which they're donating $1 from every drink sold straight to Scarf. Each bar will have a Do More Than Drink donation jar on display for the campaign week too; you can visit them any time between Sunday 2 - 9 December and throw in a few dollars to support Scarf so we can keep paying award wages to our awesome trainees.

If you can't get to a bar during Do More Than Drink ‘18, you can make a donation below…

MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION HERE


Stomping Ground supports Scarf because we believe in looking after our local community, including young people from refugee backgrounds who deserve a leg up in finding a job. We think Scarf’s approach to training and mentoring in real restaurants is an awesome one, so we support them with sponsored product, through hosting dinners at our venue, and by signing up to Do More Than Drink two years in a row!
— Justin Joiner, Stomping Ground Brewing Co.
 
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About scarf

Scarf transforms the lives of young people by getting them into work while adding flavour and heart to the hospitality industry. We're a social enterprise that runs awesome training, mentoring and paid work experience programs for young people seeking protection, and those from refugee and migrant backgrounds. We partner with Melbourne's best restaurants to create a positive, real-world experience for our trainees, who have faced significant barriers to work. They are paid, valued, become part of a learning community, and move on to meaningful jobs with confidence, supportive relationships, and excitement. 

Do More Than Drink raises crucial funds to support Scarf programs, and raises awareness about the barriers to fair work opportunities which are faced by young people seeking protection, and those from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Humanitarian migrants face unemployment rates of up to 43% compared to the national average of around 6%. Barriers to employment are complex and intertwined, and include limited English, lack of Australian work experience and local references, impacts of past trauma on health and wellbeing, low confidence and discrimination. Scarf has been working hard to break down these barriers for the past eight years

Scarf’s vision is a society which celebrates diversity, where all young people have equitable employment opportunities. We’re working towards this vision by running awesome programs which directly support young people with great training, mentoring and paid work experience, and by running campaigns like Do More Than Drink and events like Do More Than Dine to advocate for equitable and more inclusive hiring practices in the hospitality industry. After participating in Do More Than Drink ‘16, we asked our bar partners if they were now more likely to hire a young person from a refugee background. 77% of them said yes.

 

quick scarf facts

  • 8 years and 25 programs

  • 208 graduate trainees

  • 14,500 hours of hands-on training

  • 6,900 hours of paid work experience during Scarf Dinners

  • 240 volunteer hospitality mentors and trainers

  • 100+ restaurant and hospitality industry partners

  • 14,500+ diners served during Scarf Dinners

  • 70% graduates in employment

 
Photo:  Gareth Sobey



 
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work experience

Work experience is an important part of Do More Than Drink. Some of our awesome bar partners like Mesa Verde, Carwyn Cellars, Back Alley Sally’s and Mr Wow’s Emporium are offering work experience shifts to Scarf graduate trainees on a couple of nights during the campaign. Undertaking work experience allows graduate trainees to strengthen their bar skills and drinks knowledge, as well as their networks. Getting the chance to work with talented industry folk helps our graduates grow their confidence and increase their job prospects. And, potential future employers get to see the enthusiasm, capability and commitment of the awesome young people who've come through a Scarf program. Keep an eye out for Scarf work experience trainees during the campaign, and make sure to say a friendly g’day if you see a Scarf graduate in action!

All photographs in the Work Experience Gallery and throughout the site were taken by Roger Ungers

 
 

Scarf on video 

The following videos will allow you to get a better idea of what we do at Scarf!

You may also like to read about our Vision, Mission and Values

 

do more than drink '18

This video explains how Do More Than Drink works, and how punters can get behind it! 

inside 7 years of scarf

In 2017, Scarf turned seven and we made a snappy little video to capture our impact.

scarf 2017 evaluation

Watch this video to hear from Scarf graduate trainees about how the program transformed their lives. 

 
 
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Money raised

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Funds raised through Do More Than Drink ‘18 will allow Scarf to continue transforming young lives through awesome hospitality training, mentoring and paid work experience programs. We take great pride in paying our trainees the Restaurant Industry Award wage for their work during Scarf Dinners. Across a 10-week season, a Scarf trainee will earn around $1,000 and this is often their first taste of employment in Australia.

A lack of local work experience and referees is widely recognised to be a key barrier to employment. For every $1,000 raised during Do More Than Drink, another young person will earn a wage during our 10-week program, and be able to list their experience at Scarf Dinners as recent, local employment experience on their resume.

Last year, Do More Than Drink ‘17 raised $27K, which allowed us to provide around 1,100 hours of paid work experience to trainees during Scarf Dinners. Funds raised helped us provide training opportunities to 40 young people last year, all of them gaining skills, knowledge, networks and tons of confidence. And, with 70% of Scarf trainees finding work within six months of graduating (with recent graduates now working at places like Higher Ground Melbourne, Garden State Hotel, Vertue Coffee, Cumulus Inc, The Two Birds Nest and Atticus Finch), we can confidently say that the funds raised during Do More Than Drink ‘18 will literally transform the lives of young people facing barriers to work.

Find out more about Scarf programs and Scarf Dinners on our FAQ page.

If you can't get to a bar during Do More Than Drink ‘18, you can make a tax deductible donation here…

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