Hamlet is Tasmania’s Community Cafe Tackling the Barriers to Employment One Meal at a Time

Since 2016 Hamlet Cafe in the heart of Hobart has been providing training opportunities and empowering Tasmanians. We spoke to Hamlet’s founder Emily Briffa, about Hamlet’s incredible partnership with Hobart City Mission celebrating their 10,000th meal, providing food relief to community members in need. 

(Photography: Hamlet)

Emily moved to Tasmania after working in prominent Melbourne restaurant Kinfolk 6 years ago, “I moved to Tasmania by myself and was living with a family friend who worked for the Department of Health and Human Services, I was quite naive and I just started to be more exposed to the issue of unemployment in Tasmania,” Emily explains.

Inspired by her brother Jarrod Briffa (Kinfolk Melbourne), Emily fell in love with the idea of a social enterprise cafe that could train and break down the barriers faced by people with disabilities, individuals who are long-term unemployed and those with low levels of English language to gain training opportunities in meaningful employment, “When Jarrod started