Corporate Team Building

Sign up for a one of a kind team building experience in Melbourne! Corporate groups are invited to prepare ‘A Real Meal’ (ARM) using rescued food and fresh produce from TBU’s Urban Farm in MG’s commercial kitchen. Led by our chef and volunteers, teams will enjoy creating restaurant quality meals while learning about composting and zero-waste cooking techniques. These meals will then be served at Federation Square Melbourne to our friends on the street. This socially conscious teambuilding activity opens eyes, warms hearts and changes lives. This team building experience will stay with you all your life. Fostering and growing a community that cares enough to stop and offer support.

What is team building with TBU?

A Real Meal is about more than just providing hot food to those in the marginalised communities of Melbourne.  We aim to create friendships, build trust and give the most important thing one can give: OUR TIME. 

The Big Umbrella does not receive any government support, so we rely entirely on the support and involvement of corporate volunteers to fund and run the ARM program. 


How does my team benefit?

TBU offers teambuilding like nothing you have already experienced; it changes lives, both for the volunteers and those who need our service. 

As well as helping to strengthen and connect your team, our ARM teambuilding participants develop skills and critical thinking in areas such as:


Tell me more about team building?

We run our teambuilding program on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week. Teams meet at our kitchen in Brunswick to prepare nutritious hot meals and then proceed to Federation Square in Melbourne’s CBD for our street meal service. You’ll be encouraged to sit down and share a meal and a conversation with our friends on the street. 

Please check out our Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn pages to see us in action and read about how teambuilding with TBU has enriched organisations, fostered relationships and created a caring community. 


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We would be delighted to have you join us at TBU! 

Corporate Team Building FAQ's

Currently, we operate our ARM program on Wednesdays and Thursdays only. 

Yes, we will open Tuesdays in Brunswick shortly. 

Should your numbers be lower than the recommended numbers for each component of teambuilding, we can call on our volunteers to fill in the numbers and support your team.

Children must be a minimum of 15 years of age and accompanied by a guardian to join a teambuilding session in the kitchen. Volunteers must be 18 and over to join the street meal service.

Should your numbers change, please contact or call 0499 012 150 to notify us of the changes as soon as possible.

You can have groups of up to 15 in the kitchen and up to 20 for meal service, with a minimum of 5 for clean up, preferably 10. There is some flexibility in these numbers; please contact the Corporate Teambuilding Coordinator to discuss. 

Yes. It is part of the teambuilding experience. We require a minimum of 5 people, preferably 10, to come back for a quick clean up in Brunswick. 

We have limited spots available in our TBU cars for volunteers to join from Brunswick HQ to Federation Square and back. 

The purchase of t-shirts required to be worn by our volunteers is included in the teambuilding session charges. This t-shirt is yours to keep and acts as your high-vis wear. 

Volunteers are fully covered by The Big Umbrella comprehensive insurance policy for accidents and injuries. 

If your business is small and your team building budget is limited, you may wish to join us for a kitchen only team building experience at a lower cost or join us for a day of volunteering as individual volunteers. Please contact our Volunteer Manager at

Please feel free to donate directly through our website donation page. If you require a tax invoice, please contact us at TBU is a fully registered and recognised charity and your donations will be eligible for tax deductibility.

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