Giving good back!

The Social Foundry is a not-for-profit social enterprise that seeks to empower Central Victoria to mentor, nurture, and impart work-skills and life-skills to people whose opportunities have been limited - right in their local communities. All the profits go back to our Social Foundry projects, and as soon as our Kyneton projects are operating well, we hope to be able to replicate our model in other regional communities.   

The Social Foundry started when Paul Dettmann and Simon Burnett realised that for some young people, getting into the workforce, and building the life skills needed to thrive can be a bridge too far. Data shows a growing disconnection within Australian society and more and more people are feeling increasingly isolated and disconnected from their community.

'What would it look like if there was a workplace that could partner with young people building life skills alongside Job Skills?' Great ideas like the Social Foundry don't usually work perfectly on the first go, but after a few test runs in manufacturing, we realised that we should focus on where young people are and where they can gain employment - and hospitality is the biggest employer in the region. Thus the Social Foundry Cafe was born.

 Our goal is to create a mentoring workplace that provides new possibilities for those with limited opportunity, and welcomes the whole community to connect with one another and share life in our local space. We pulled together some like-minded people, local (and formerly local) people, all who have a passion to build a nurturing community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, and we are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (you can see our registration here).

Our Board members are:

Ruth Close (Chairperson)

Paul Dettmann (board member and co-founder)

Simon Burnett (board member and co-founder)

Barry Membrey (board member and treasurer)

Lachlan Evans (board member and coffee master)

Photos and a bio on each person will be added 'soon'

We'd love to share our space and our passion for the community of Kyneton and the wider Macedon Ranges - drop by sometime soon.


It's what's on the inside that counts

Our home is 86 Mollison Street, Kyneton where we not only serve up great food and coffee, but also host community. We hope to soon offer a space for community events, parties, weddings, community workshops and lots more. We’re creating an environment where everyone is welcome and everyone can make a difference. You’re invited to join us in this opportunity to build community and play a transforming part in the lives of young people with limited opportunities..


86 Mollison Street,

Kyneton VIC 3444


Ph: (03) 5422 7692



8am - 3pm


9am - 3pm