First Hand Solutions is an Aboriginal Corporation with Deductible Gift Recipient status whose mission is to provide hands on solutions to the problems faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people.
It has two arms. The first is a social enterprise arm the Blak markets which is a micro business hub for Indigenous businesses by providing economic development opportunities to Indigenous people through its Blak markets which operates up to eight times a year at various locations including at La Perouse, but also at our Blak markets pop-up shops and online store.
The market also trains and employs Young Aboriginal people in barista, retail, food preparation and supervision who work in the charities pop up coffee, food and retail stores at the markets.
We also specialise in developing and implementing educational and community-based programs and services for Indigenous people and are ground-breaking in our hands on approach to closing the gap in aboriginal communities.
We take great pride in developing and delivering interesting and engaging, culturally sympathetic and thoroughly researched programs for Indigenous people. We also provide programs that are focused on re-integrating participants back into the broader community in a positive and supportive way.
Our programs focus on teaching participants identified skills, which include strategies to encourage participation, engagement and negotiation techniques within school environment and Indigenous communities. We have a strong focus on engaging Indigenous people to create positive role models.
Our programs and services are designed to boost self-esteem and self-confidence for parents and their children by enhancing relationship building exercises, based on respect and mutual responsibility. We always work hard to ensure that programs delivered are engaging for parents, children and young people, teachers and students, the elders and community representatives.
First Hand Solutions has a great deal of experience to draw on to deliver these camps, through award winning Director, Peter Cooley, who has run Catch N Cook cultural programs through-out Sydney and NSW. These programs were extremely well supported by Indigenous parents, elders and community with outstanding results achieved. The community has indicated strong support for more of these programs.