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Grant boost for Hamlet to move online

HAMLET Inc. has turned to online training during physical distancing restrictions thanks to a community grant from Aurora Energy to help Tasmanian community groups keep pace and thrive in an increasingly digital world.

Hamlet Inc. exists to tackle the issue of unemployment in Tasmania, providing disadvantaged community members with work experience and training opportunities through its café and catering company.

The $15,000 digital capacity building grant will allow Hamlet to move its work experience and training program online.

“We’re really keen to maintain connection with our work experience participants as much as possible, but also to continue the learning they are undertaking with us,” Hamlet Inc. chief executive officer and co-founder Emily Briffa said.

“We’re looking at ways to move the program online so that we can continue to connect with our participants.”

Ms Briffa said it was more important than ever to connect with vulnerable and disadvantaged community members.

“We work with a number of participants who face barriers to employment due to the presence of a disability, so we’re aware of the fact that it’s not going to be one size fits all model for us,” she said.

“We’re going to have to have a few different streams of the program that suits all the needs that we’re working with.”

Aurora Energy chief executive officer Rebecca Kardos said the community grants could not have come at a more relevant time given the current global environment.

“We know a lot of Tasmanian not for profits are struggling at the moment and as a proud Tasmanian organisation we’re pleased that we can lend a helping hand during these tough times because it’s our community too,” Mrs Kardos said.

“What COVID-19 has also highlighted is how critically important it is for community groups to expand their scope and reach by becoming more savvy in an increasingly digital world so they can continue to deliver their services online.

“We’re looking forward to working closely with these organisations from across our state to provide them with the opportunity to develop new ways of engagement which will enable them to thrive and assist more members of the community.”

Other successful applicants for the grant round were Hobart City Mission, St Vincent de Paul, West Moonah Community House, Burnie Community House, George Town Neighbourhood House and Laurel House (North and North West Tasmania Sexual Assault Support Services).

For more information, visit auroraenergy.com.au/about/community/community-grants

Caption: Hamlet Inc. chief executive officer and co-founder Emily Briffa.