National community hubs program 2016 Annual Report
The national community hubs program 2016 Annual Report is now available.
Community Hubs bring local communities and migrants together to build cohesive communities.
Community Hubs Australia works with local communities and governments in multiple Australian states to support refugees and new migrants as they achieve independence and become active community members.
Highly effective, Hubs design and manage evidence-based programs to reach and support migrant/refugee women and pre-school children, who are hard to reach through traditional services.
There are currently 55 hubs across Australia at which new migrants are given mentoring and support to access services and local community organisations. Hubs host activities such as skills training, English classes, sewing and breakfast clubs as well as volunteering opportunities and community events.
Community Hubs Australia is currently running the #Welcome movement. For more information see: http://welcome.communityhubs.org.au/
The national community hubs program 2016 Annual Report is now available.
Community Hubs Australia is pleased to share a substantial piece of research that unequivocally demonstrates that hubs are having a positive impact on school readiness for migrant and refugee families in Australia.
The National Community Hubs Program (NCHP) is delighted to announce a partnership with not-for-profit organisation Settlement Services International (SSI), bringing significantly increased support into the Community Hubs in Western Sydney. From January 1 next year, SSI will be the designated NCHP support agency in NSW.
The National Meeting of Hub Leaders and Support Agencies was held on 18-19 May 2015 in Melbourne at the Hume Global Learning Centre, Broadmeadows. The meeting was a success and the co-hosting of it by Hume City Council appreciated.
Mount Druitt Public School held its annual Community Expo with over 32 stallholders from a range of community services. The expo aimed at connecting families with existing services operating in the local area.
St Albans Heights Primary School Community Hub hosted a ‘Family Fun Fitness Night’ attended by 270 children and their families. The event promoted physical activity, recreation and social wellbeing for the school community.
The Mabel Park State School Community Hub recently put on a 'Taste of Culture' afternoon to celebrate many cultures that exist in the school community. The event attracted new mothers who have never been to the Community Hub and provided an opportunity for them to interact with other mothers in the school.
The Family Creative Hub at Information and Cultural Exchange was invited by the 2015 Sydney Writer’s Festival to deliver a live reading of a picture book titled ‘Lullaby in a Far away Land’. The picture book was developed and inspired by families’ own life experiences and journeys to Australia.
Parent graduates of the English Language course at Coolaroo South Primary School Community Hub will now be extending their skills by volunteering in the school as parent literacy and classroom helpers.
Dandenong West Primary School Community Hub celebrated their second Community Festival as part of their Harmony Day event in March. The festival had the 'Strengthening our Community' theme and was attended by over 1000 people from the local neighbourhood and broader community.
Parents at St Brendan's Catholic Primary School Community Hub are not only volunteering their time to deliver Hub activities, such as playgroups, song and story time sessions, but also engaging other parents to join in.
Coolaroo South Primary School and Kindergarten celebrated its annual Harmony Day on Wednesday 25th March 2015. The event took place between 5-7pm ensuring that working families can attend. Over 250 people attended with approximately 90 parents, 130 children and 30 staff. In the lead up to Harmony Day the children prepare decorations for display on the night and discuss the importance of Harmony Day and Multiculturalism. This year the theme for Harmony Day was ‘Thank You’. The children and staff had the opportunity to say thank you to those important people in our lives.
All Saints of Africa (ASoA) Community Hub Leader is in the unique position of being able to utilise and connect to the many activities, programs and partnerships that are part of the ASoA Centre. The Dancing Group for parents and children is one of the programs the Hub Leader has been able to link into to build relationships and connect families to relevant services and schools.
EarlyEd has been a perfect partner for Rosehill Public School Hub to work with a team of Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists and Educators focussed on a holistic and collaborative approach to supporting carers and their children.
Community Hubs in the City of Greater Dandenong are linked to and have been attending a number of Child and Family and Settlement Service networks which are coordinated by the local Child and Family Partnership. These networks provide an opportunity for Hubs to link in and develop partnerships with key local service providers in the area. St Anthony's Primary School Hub is one of the five Hubs excelling in developing collaborative partnerships.
In Brimbank the Stevensville Primary School Hub is branching out and connecting with a range of local services to enhance local connections for families at the school. The Hub Leader strengthened the existing relationship with Westvale Community Centre located opposite the school and collaborated together on a joint community garden project.
The Woodridge North State School Hub developed a partnership with Scott Prince, former State of Origin player and NRL halfback, to deliver the Little Leagies Program as a pilot program in Logan. This program aims to teach young children aged two to four rugby league skills and has been creatively combined with a literacy program.
The Banksia Road Community Hub in partnership with the local services and agencies developed a ‘low cost- no cost’ school holiday program to support Greenacre families and their children over the January break.
On Thursday 5 March 2015, the International Women’s Day dinner was held by the Community Hubs and celebrated with over 300 women and Community Partners. The event has become an annual fixture on the Hub calendar and has been held since 2013. This year the theme was “Make it Happen” with the event being a celebration of culture and women’s aspirations.
In Hume City’s 12 Community Hubs, volunteering is a well-established practice, and forms an integral part of most Hub operations. A recent research project funded by the Scanlon Foundation and delivered by Hume City Council, examined the benefits and challenges of volunteering in Community Hubs in Hume City. As a part of the project resource materials for Hub Leaders throughout Australia were developed and are currently being trialled.
Good Start, a QLD Health Initiative, outreached their services to Mabel Park State School Community Hub in 2014 and it has proved so popular amongst our families. It is addressing the need within the community for an inclusive, fun and fresh approach to promoting healthy lifestyles and nutrition.
Colyton Public School Hub is working with refugee families who have often experienced some form of trauma and have broad range of support needs. The Hub is developing an innovative integrated model utilising a holistic approach to better support families and their children and transition to a new country.
Stories of Our Grandparents is Rydalmere Public School Hub's narrative and photographic project to celebrate the contribution of grandparents from all cultural backgrounds to the community. This project was one NSW winners through the Council of Ageing (COTA) of a grant to celebrate Grandparent's Day in October.
Community Hubs in the Bankstown LGA have been very fortunate to be a part of the Outreach to Empower Project this year. The project enables isolated and disadvantaged communities to locally access informative, relevant and empowering services that promote a sustainable and communicative relationship between communities and the service sector.
The Broadmeadows Valley Primary School Hub is introducing the Tangata Pasifika Program to engage the local Pacific Island and Maori students with the school’s projects and activities. The idea behind the Tangata Pasifika Program is to establish a steering group formed by parents and elders who will lead the program and discuss solutions to improve the students learning outcomes.
Dandenong Hubs are now focusing on creating strategies on how to get fathers active and engaged in the Community Hubs. A number of schools invited men to Father’s Day celebrations which saw dads coming into the school and participating in a range of projects.
The Kinda Kinder program is currently being undertaken in three of the five Brimbank Community Hubs including, Holy Eucharist Primary School Hub, Deer Park North Primary School Hub and St Albans Primary School Hub. Kinder Kinda is an early years program developed by Victoria University where pre-service early years teachers undertake a range of activities in a playgroup like setting.
A good news story about how a space in a school was transformed into a Community Hub.
As the year 2014 moves on, the variety of programs and activities that the Logan Community Hubs deliver has broadened considerably to reflect the diverse needs within the community. One of the most successful programs that helps to bring down barriers and quickly allows people to feel relaxed are the Cooking Programs.
Article Title: Cutural Bridges, Star Community - Journal, 16 June 2014
Kevin Pope, Principal of Meadow Heights Primary School, has been recognised for his contributions to education and rewarded with the Hume City Council Teachers' Scholarship Award in November 2013.
Article Title: A castle built for all, AEU News Victoria, Vol 20 | Issue 3 | May 2014 | pages 16-17
Article Title: Primary Embraces Hub Program, Star Community - Journal, 07 April 2014
Article Title: Getting together over a love of gardening, Dandenong Leader, 2 June 2014 page 3
Article Title: Cooking Class has compradeship on menu, Dandenong Leader, 12 May 2014 page 5
All five primary school hubs in Brimbank have been activated with the employment of Hub Leaders and their role in establishing new and exciting activities and programs to support their communities.
Harmony Day was celebrated at Westmead Public School Hub with a range of activities including henna tattooing, performance by MC Trey, Pacific Collections from the Australian Museum, stickers, information and of course the delicious food.
The Banksia Road Public School Hub delivered a Barista Course in partnership with a local Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The place-based training allowed parents and carers not only to increase their confidence, learn new skills and gain a nationally recognised certificate, but also to develop and strengthen their social networks in a familiar environment.
Term 1 at Bert Oldfield Public School in Blactown New South Wales started with a difference this year; the launch of a Community Hub was introduced. The initial first weeks were getting to know the families, building relationships with parents, family members and children. At the beginning of the term, several successful morning tea’s were held with kindergarten parents. Many parents expressed interest in starting up a playgroup. The Hub Leader met with variety of agencies to glean information and develop partnerships to support the playgroup. A partnership has been developed with the Meadows SACCs who kindly offered and purchased a large amount of resources to start up a playgroup.
Dandenong West Primary School had a successful launch of their Hub on the 14th of March 2014 where they invited and promoted the Hub to local decision makers, services and families. This launch provided opportunities for the family to have a fun picnic at the school whilst local services at stalls shared information about the support they provide in the area.
Hub leaders in City of Greater of Dandenong have worked together and shared their resources and ideas to come up with creative ways to engage, consult and launch their Hub spaces. Alison Rogers, Hub Leader at Dandenong Primary School developed a visual consultation tool which has been used by multiple Hubs in different ways. Dandenong Primary School has used this visual tool to start conversations and consult families outside the school gate and they have held a successful conversation night which has helped them better understand their community needs and priorities.
St Paul's Catholic Primary School Hub Playgroup is buzzing with the sound of young pre-school aged children playing, singing, laughing and learning.