Social enterprises

YFS has three social enterprises that share YFS’ vision and values. Their purpose is to deliver competitive services to benefit customers, employees and the planet.

YFS social enterprise initiatives give young people who have disengaged from school or society a chance to gain the skills and experience they need to participate in work.


Substation33 is a social enterprise of YFS. Substation33 opened its doors in January as an electronic waste recycling centre, providing a workplace where volunteers and employees gain confidence and skills for the transition to sustainable employment.

Its purpose is to provide  training and employment opportunities through the recycling of electronic waste. Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste in Australia. Most electronic appliances (such as computers and televisions) can be reused or recycled.

What we do:

  • Electronic waste collection and processing
  • Electronic waste audits
  • Data destruction – both electronic and physical
  • Full computer workshop facilities
  • Computer sales from as little as $100
  • We are seeking your help in diverting e-waste from landfill!

What we need:

To ensure the continued growth of Substation 33 we are always in need of electronic waste. In fact, at Substation33 we say if it had a plug or a battery we can recycle it.

What we accept:

  • Computers
  • Monitors
  • Servers
  • Office equipment
  • Televisions
  • Household appliances
  • All obsolete or unwanted electronic equipment.

Contact Us:

31 Mary St Kingston 4114
P: 07 3826 1533

16C Creations is a craft enterprise run by Community Connections, a program providing support for people with disabilities, who create original high-quality craft products. We hold a sale every six to eight weeks, and all proceeds are directed back into the program.

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TASK Car Wash

This social venture, which has been running for more than 12 years, provides sustainable opportunities for people to build their confidence and skills in the workplace.

Client story

Chris, 19, did not talk when he first came to volunteer at YFS’ social enterprise, Substation33. Soon, he started noticing dramatic improvements in his ability to interact. He is talking now and he can build relationships with his peers on a day-to day basis.

With all the new developments Chris’ confidence has boosted and when new opportunities outside his comfort zone present themselves, he just takes them on.

How to use our services

YFS understands it is hard to ring without knowing exactly what to ask for, that’s why we have one central door for all new people, called YFS Connect.

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