Hubs work with migrant/refugee women and pre-school children, offering services such as skills training, English classes, sewing and breakfast clubs as well as volunteering opportunities and community events.
Our Philosophy has been established in consultation with our Hubs community to reflect our purpose and the key features embedded in the day to day operation of the National Community Hubs Program.
Meeting local needs
Community Hubs brings local information and services around education, health, community and settlement into a familiar and friendly place. Often, this is a primary school or other community space that is already part of everyday life for families and their children. For mothers, fathers and carers, accessing services, assistance and training is easier when delivered in settings that they are already familiar with.
The National Community Hubs Program is an initiative of the Community Hubs Australia, supported by the Scanlon Foundation and the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
Being part of a Hub can help families create friendships and support networks, and give a sense of belonging. Mothers, fathers and carers can also undertake volunteer work, education and training that can lead to employment.
For many preschool children, their Hub will be their first interaction with their future primary school. Being a part of a Hub can help them to feel at home in their school environment and more prepared to start school.
Who are Community Hubs for?
Community Hubs are open to all families, mothers, fathers and carers in their area. Community Hubs are located in areas that have lots of families from low socioeconomic, refugee or migrant backgrounds. Many of the activities available can be of particular benefit to families who might face extra challenges linking with services and support, learning opportunities or the wider community.
Every Community Hub is different
While there is a common philosophy behind Community Hubs, every Hub is different. That’s because every location and family is unique. Community partnerships play a vital role in creating a Hub that is right for the time and place.