We empower vulnerable people to access the life they deserve!

Worthy Cause is a social enterprise based in Melbourne that offers a life-changing employment program to people who have endured severe hardships and marginalisation. Through our program, they learn all the skills, tools and experiences needed to build the life they deserve.

Our Story


“Working at Worthy Cause has helped build a self-confidence I didn't have before. This position has helped me in many ways such as applying for other jobs, doing trials for other places and learning how to work with other people. I've gained new skills and learnt a lot working at Worthy Cause which I use in my everyday life outside of work, which I also used during the process of searching for my next job.

It's so satisfying after I leave this current position to have bettered myself and prove to myself I can do anything I set my mind on. Thank you Worthy Cause, for getting me to this point.“

- Alysha Heales, Worthy Cause Program Graduate

Cookies with a conscience...

Our artisanal cookies are baked with love and 100% of proceeds go towards funding our structured employment program.
This offers individuals empowerment through a stable income, skills training and confidence-building, all within a supportive and inclusive environment.
There are plenty of reasons someone might find themselves facing barriers to employment. Mental illness, disability, disadvantage, marginalisation and social taboos, the list goes on.
What's important is that every person we support deserves the respect and opportunity to better their lives. Join the movement of supporting a good cause with every bite!

Our Founder

Worthy Cause was founded in 2021 by Rick Cohen. After working through most of a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from ANU, Rick took to Europe to learn to cook in his family's restaurant and ancestral home, Casa Brusada in Italy's North-East. Since then Rick has completed a Degree in Business and Marketing while chefing at some of Melbourne's premiere restaurants. After gaining experience in and out of the kitchen, and working tirelessly on his own mental health, Rick was able to realise his long-term goal, a marriage of his great passions, to assist those who deserve it and cooking.

The importance of helping vulnerable people has come from his own experiences suffering from Sexual Assault, PTSD and Depression from an early age. Spending prolonged periods of time in psychiatric hospitals and mental health programs in Canberra and Melbourne has offered Rick insights and experiences into the lives and struggles of vulnerable people from all walks of life. Rick and Worthy Cause are determined to contribute to our community to help those in need of benevolent relief.