Community hubs leverage existing facilities in state and Catholic primary schools (two are based in community centres). Hubs welcome all migrants, including fathers, however women with young children are their primary client group.
Without a welcoming hub to visit, many migrant women can spend most of their time at home, isolated from the rest of the community. Some migrant women cannot drive, some have limited public transport access, many have young children and cannot access child-minding. Women who miss out on available services can then go without opportunities to meet other people, to learn, or to receive health support, and their children can arrive at school without having English language or social skills.
“In the hub we are not alone. It’s a place that connects people. The hub is like a second home and we get inspired by each other.” – Hub parent of Egyptian background
The key to a community hub’s success is without exception due to teamwork between Coordinators, Hub Leaders, and school leadership. Community hubs work across four key areas:
Independent evaluations indicate that: