An initiative of St John’s Youth Services, say.kitchen is a community hub incorporating a café, gallery and events spaces. The ‘say’ in say.kitchen stands for South Australian Youth, while the ‘kitchen’ represents the gathering space in a home where food, companionship and conversation are shared.
- A service hub that provides young people with individualised, wrap-around support and access to housing assistance. St John’s Youth Services’ Next Step program is at the centre of say.kitchen, supporting young people to move out of homelessness and succeed in the private rental market, and connecting young people with resources, opportunities and community.
- Say.kitchen is home to some of SA’s leading community services, including Keeping my Place, Wise Employment, Anglicare SA New Arrivals program (NAYS) and Meridian Vocational College.
- A gallery that provides exhibition space for young artists, particularly those from First Nations or New Arrival backgrounds, and LGBTIQ young people. The gallery’s focus is on inclusion, and ensuring young people outside of the mainstream are not excluded from representation. Exhibiting artists are not charged a fee to display their work, and no commission is collected from their sale.
- A flexible event space that can be modified to accommodate a wide range of activities, workshops and performances.
- A café specialising in dishes crafted from indigenous ingredients, which is open to the public and available for functions. Managed by Bush Tukka, the say.kitchen café provides young people with accredited hospitality training and real-world work experience.
Say.kitchen would not be possible without the commitment and generosity of our community of individual, philanthropic, corporate and government supporters. Seed funding for say.kitchen was received via ‘Fund my Community’ – an SA government initiative that invited South Australians to consider a range of community projects and choose where funds should be allocated. The South Australian community chose young people, and entrusted St John’s Youth Services with start up funds to create say.kitchen. The organisations listed below are among those who have joined this generous community of supporters and backed young people with funds, resources and support.
Supporting say.kitchen and creating positive change for young people in SA is easy! Simply choose say.kitchen for your next meeting, workshop or training session. Meet your friends at say.kitchen for coffee or lunch, or get out of the office and bring in your laptop to enjoy comfy couches and super-fast WiFi! Choose say.kitchen as the venue for your next function or event, or drop into the gallery to support emerging young artists. Help us spread the word about say.kitchen by telling your friends and colleagues, or bring them along to say.kitchen events. You can volunteer with the St John’s Youth Services Events & Promotions team to help us raise funds and awareness, or hold a fundraising event of your own. To contribute directly to our life changing Next Step Outreach and Keeping my Place programs, click the button below to donate. However you choose to get involved, we’re excited to welcome you to the say.kitchen community!
Centrally located at 78 Currie St in the heart of Adelaide’s vibrant west end, say.kitchen is the perfect location for your next meeting, training session or event. Come on over and take a look around – we’d love to see you!