West As

What is West As?

West As is a co-designed social enterprise under development by Future Connect. The overall aim for West As is to help young people and employers in Melbourne’s West to better understand, empathise with and support each other so that we can work towards mutual benefit and success for both groups.

Through our co-design workshops in 2021, three key project ideas have emerged:

  1. Future Recruit
  2. Westside Coffee
  3. Let’s Connect
West AS - Future Recruit Co-design Workshop - 1

West As Workshops

Future Connect is running another West As co-design workshop for young people (16-25) to continue co-designing the West As social enterprise!


Young people aged 16 – 25, with a connection to the west

West As Project Vision:

We connect young people in the West to their future.

We empower and equip them to forge forward by building their confidence and the community’s perception of them through events and opportunities that encourage their journeys and given them a voice. 

West As Project Mission:

Young people in the West can continue to grow their skills and connect to employment pathways. 

When and where:

Choose a location that best suits you!

  • Caroline Springs Library - Tuesday, 29 November
  • Melton Library - Thursday, 1 December
  • Sunshine Library - Tuesday, 6 December

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Registrations and more info: https://tinyurl.com/msum4zsx

These workshops will be in person! Food will be provided, and young people will receive a $50 gift voucher for participating.


Your voice matters, and we're really excited to have you along to our third co-design workshop to share your experiences about youth employment in the west.

We will use hands-on activities to explore the employment process and experience from recruitment to working in a coffee cart. This is an interactive workshop, the activities will be suitable for a range of abilities. For specific accessibility queries please contact Alice directly (0413 770 113, alice.ames@futureconnect.org.au).

What to expect:

In this workshop, young people will have the opportunity to:

  1. practice 21st-century work skills in a supportive environment (i.e., teamwork, communication, problem-solving)
  2. have their say in developing programs to support young people like themselves to connect to employment pathways
  3. connect with further opportunities to participate in West As such as working in the Westside coffee social enterprise

This workshop is relevant to any young people interested in:

  • community services
  • hospitality
  • business
  • developing work readiness skills
  • or unsure of what they would like to do

For specific accessibility queries please contact us directly.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Alice at alice.ames@futureconnect.org.au or Ava at ava.ter@futureconnect.org.au if you have any questions.

Public Transportation Guideline

Public Transportation Guideline

29 November Workshop (Caroline Springs Library & Learning Hub)

Bus routes 460 and 462 run from Watergardens train station on the Sunbury Line, and Caroline Spring train station on the Ballarat/ Ararat V-line. 460 stops outside the Caroline Springs Library & Learning Hub at the Caroline Springs Library/ Caroline Springs Bvd stop. 462 stops outside the Caroline Springs Library & Learning Hub at the Creekside College/ The Crossing stop. Check the best route for you via https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/


An access key for the library can be downloaded by clicking this link.

1 December Workshop (Melton Library and Learning Hub)

The nearest bus stop is located on Palmerston Street, 200 metres from the rear entry point of the library. The Melton Bus Interchange is also located on Palmerston Street, 300 metres from the front of the library.

Bus routes #456, #456, #789 stop outside Melton Library, depending on where you're travelling from. Check the best route for you via https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/

Accessibility: An access key for the library can be downloaded by clicking this link.

6 December Workshop (Sunshine Library)

You can take train to Sunshine station on Sunbury line. Then walk for about 8 minutes and you will see the library. An accessible audio guide can be downloaded here to assist you to guide you the way from the car park, train station or bus stop to the library. Check the best route for you via https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/ 

Accessibility: Click this link for more information.

If you have any access requirements please email Alice on alice.ames@futureconnect.org.au