Silly Season with a Social Conscience

As you set off on your Christmas Shopping and Staff parties, please remember the amazing social enterprises out there doing lots of good in the community. If you choose to shop in this way, you are making a big social impact. 

To get you started our team @glowupcareers have compiled a list of some local businesses we recommend that all support refugee and migrant communities

Parliament on King

Beautiful catering for events and parties. Their mission is to make lovely food but in doing this they’re providing hope and opportunity to asylum seekers, refugees and recent arrivals to Australia.

Plate It Forward

Delicious food. For every guest they cater for they donate one meal on your behalf, allowing your event to directly fuel employment and nourishment of Sydney’s marginalised communities.

Bread & Butter Project

Handcrafted baked goods. 100% of their profits go into training and employment pathways for people seeking refuge and asylum, who aspire to become bakers. They’re all about bread baked with heart.

Aunty's Ginger Tonic

A refreshingly delicious & good for you drink inspired by the founder's recipe from the villages of Sierra Leone. This drink is a celebration of the vibrant spirit of Africa and the natural goodness of Australia in a bottle!

CommUnity Construction

Refugee-founded and driven to provide painting, tiling and renovation services across Australia. They employ refugees & migrants, helping them restart their life here. They do a stellar job, whatever the budget.

Erkmen Savaskan

If your plans for that revamp we mentioned extend a bit beyond a repaint and retile, Erkmen might just be your answer. He is an award-winning interior architect and designer and former refugee.

The Social Outfit

Gorgeous handmade clothes, jewellery & accessories Their social enterprise charity provides employment and training to people from refugee and new migrant communities via an ethical manufacturing studio and retail store.


Corporate gifts, homewares, bodycare and more. They have beautifully wrapped hampers that are filled with unique, quality, eco-friendly products made in Melbourne by women from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

Welcome Merchant

A directory of over 120 Refugee, asylum-seeker and migrant run businesses added to their directory. Also, an online shop with corporate gifts.

Made By Many Hands

Run by Migrant Women in Business, every time you purchase from this marketplace, you’re helping a migrant woman to build her empire. Discovering the ideal gift or ultimate home décor item in the process.

Social Traders Gift Guide

Glow Up Careers is a proud social enterprise, certified through Social Traders. They recently shared this Gift Guide with some other suggestions.

So think local, think diverse, and think social on your next purchase, be it big or small. You’ll be helping the community, helping small business, and helping people with big dreams and bigger hearts and minds. All with a desire to give back, make a difference and pay it forward.