Walk into Balaclava’s All Things Equal and you’re met with a quality cafe that resembles most others in the suburb: the coffee is good, the menu is accessible – a little cheffy in places – and the seats are reliably occupied around breakfast and lunchtime.
But under the hood, there’s an innovative concept at work: from the front-of-house to the kitchen, All Things Equal is staffed entirely by people with a disability. And while many businesses offer unpaid work experience to those who require accommodations for their disability, All Things Equal provides award-rate employment and a positive work environment that’s safe, inclusive and, above all, fun.
It’s all part of a bigger mission (which also involves a cooking school, ice-cream truck and a Sunday canteen at the South Caulfield Junior Football Club) to show the wider community that people living with a disability are not only capable, but should be fairly compensated for their work and given a chance to earn an income in a dignified way, with adequate support from their employer.
when Broadsheet visits, the menu featured chilli scramble with vegan XO; shakshuka with eggs, labneh and pita; and smashed avo with almond dukkah, spiced feta and tomato salsa. Paired with coffee by Sydney roaster Single O, this is an unassuming cafe that’s equal to – or better than – plenty of spots around town.
All Things Equal is holding its first ever giving day on Sunday May 15, 2022. Donations will go towards building a ramp for wheelchair access, kitchen upgrades and more. Please give generously here.