About Urban Seed Education

A bit of our history

For over 20 years Urban Seed gathered around food, recreation and creative art to foster a sense of home – especially for those of us experiencing homelessness, addiction, mental illness and isolation. This gathering is the foundation of our unique community development approach, where we seek to draw out the gifts, skills and potential of all involved.

Urban Seed was birthed in the early 1990s, when church-goers at Collins Street Baptist Church were literally stepping over people sleeping rough at the front doors of the church. Three young people moved into the church and met people living on the streets, creating belonging by sharing meals. Today, this commitment to creating home for those who have none is the basis of our community development work. People are not seen as ‘problems’ but rather gifted individuals who, like everyone, benefit from support to reach their potential.

We believe that good community development is possible when people from all economic and cultural backgrounds get together and support one another. Whether it’s by cooking together, eating together, singing together or playing cricket together, we foster spaces for people to develop transformative relationships with each other.

In January 2018, Urban Seed germinated into three new separate organisations, one of which is Urban Seed Education.

Urban Seed Education was established to continue Urban Seed's influential work with schools, churches and workplaces and thousands of participants each year, to increase understanding and connection across different people groups within and beyond Melbourne's CBD. It's parent organisation, The Mutuality Project will continue to develop the 'incarnational' work we have done for decades – we remain present 'in the flesh' in the city – personally engaging with those whose stories we share (with their permission) and continuing to create spaces of welcome and belonging for those who need it, through food, art and recreation.