Multicultural Grants Program
Greek Coffee Shop Day
The Greek Coffee Shop Day is a project that aimed at promoting social inclusion for ageing female members of the Greek Community in Adelaide. The members of the Greek Women's Society of SA came together and gave the wider community the opportunity to experience the flavours, environment and activities of the Kafeneion, the traditional Greek coffee shop.
A B O U T T H E P R O J E C T
The Greek Coffee Shop Day was held on Sunday 12 December at the Goodwood Community Centre and attracted close to 300 visitors.
The members of the Greek Women's Society of SA volunteered their time and skills and recreated the authentic experience of a traditional Greek coffee shop for all visitors to enjoy. The day included the preparation of coffees and traditional desserts, demonstrations of how to make and enjoy Greek coffee, presentations on the history of coffee and desserts and the evolution of coffee shops in history and classes on how to play backgammon and card games.
Minister for Innovation and Skills, Hon David Pisoni MP who attended the event, recognised the important role that the Society has played since its establishment in 1937, and more recently adapting to the changing needs of the Greek Australian community by providing social and cultural engagement, recreation for the socially isolated, carers and the elderly and their increased social participation.
All profits from this event went towards running the Greek Women’s Centre, a weekly set of activities at the Goodwood Community Centre. The Society provides a venue once weekly for ageing Greek women to meet in an environment conducive to their culture and offers a broad range of activities for their wellbeing, including bingo games, fitness exercises, presentations on issues of interest and coffee catch-ups, thus alleviating loneliness and isolation which, due to language difficulties, has prevented participation in the wider community programs.