The coffee cup initiative sprang from our awareness that there is limited knowledge and understanding by many people of both traditional culture and contemporary issues for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in achieving their goals and aspirations.
Our plan was to identify a low cost, high volume product that could communicate some key messages to a large number of people nationally, and through this, help to achieve our vision of educating the corporate sector about Indigenous Australians. The coffee cups seemed an ideal vehicle to achieve this. The messages on the cups help to spread the word about supplier diversity and encourage other corporates to open their doors to Indigenous business and communities.
In 2015, thirty million Indigenous designed coffee cups were distributed to clients such as Google, Qantas, Accor Hotels, Red Cross, Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Tauondi College, Virgin and the Compass Group.
Funds raised from sales of our coffee cups directly benefited Indigenous communities. The David Liddiard Group team provide a wide range of skills and advocacy for Indigenous communities to access advice, expertise, resources and services which they could not otherwise source or afford to assist their economic development initiatives.
During the past twelve months, the royalties generated through the sale of the Indigenous designed cups have helped us to provide practical assistance to a number of Aboriginal communities, resulting in tangible outcomes.
Naremburn School Work Experience Program
NSW State Government
Sixteen students from the High School for Youth at Risk undertook work experience placements at Mosman Vet, Carpentry, Electrical Sound Engineering/Music production, Retail and Hospitality, Cameron Jane Beauty, Academy of Interactive Education, and Food Scientist.
Partner Volunteer Program for Aboriginal Youth
In partnership with Nestle, CCAB facilitated a sustainable holiday program where Nestle staff volunteers worked in the community providing activities such as cooking, sports, art/crafts, photography, Mentor training for volunteers. Program continuing.
'School to Work'
Sessions at school and community radio station - focus on how to run an efficient radio service, creating community announcements, programming, the role of community radio and how to conduct interviews.
Driving for Aboriginal Youth
CCAB worked with Local Aboriginal Land Council to develop and lodge a program tender.
Warri-Li Aboriginal Elders
Tamworth & Regional Communities
A group of students from Quirindi High School aged fifteen to eighteen visited Sydney to take part in a career information experience. This was shared with hosts Parramatta Eels, Ernst and Young, IBA, Tag Training, Huhtamaki, Ch 9, Penrith Panthers and Accor.
Community Careers Expo
CCAB developed an event that involved regional and local potential employers, education and training providers, service delivery groups and industry and community reps in an interactive, multi site program of information sharing and relationship building to inspire local youth and community and to develop personal career aspirations. The event hosted more than 200 participants.
Work Experience Program
DDWR, MPREC, Mission Australia
Four students undertook mentored three-day work experience placements at Accor and Nestle (CCAB corporate partners).
Parent & Community Engagement Project
Dubbo, Wagga Wagga
Dareton, Wilcannia, Godooga, Western Sydney, Broken Hill, Coonamble
Sixteen-session workshop with 180 participants. The purpose of the workshops was to bring together students interested in working in health and local Aboriginal health workers to discuss their career path.
MPREC & LendLease
Twelve workshops were ran working with parents to provide information to assist them on future employment and education pathways for their children, including industry specific information and curriculum choices.
Lend Lease committed to working with the community in Bourke to design and construct new housing, the land for which has been secured. Murdi Paaki and Lend Lease will leverage opportunities for training and skilling and cultural learning exchange (between Lend Lease employees and the community) through this initial pilot project.