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.
Announcing the partnership with SSI, Tony Fry (National Program Manager) said: “We are excited to build on SSI’s impressive track record of working with volunteers, community organisations and other stakeholders to provide support and links to activities that help clients to successfully integrate into the Australian community.”
SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis says: “This exciting new partnership will enable SSI to extend our existing work to support migrant and refugee families in their settlement and adjustment to a new country. We look forward to working under a partnership model with the Scanlon Foundation, government, participating schools and community centres, and other stakeholders in NSW to connect and strengthen these families.”
The announcement of this new partnership was highlighted in a presentation on the NCHP given by Tony Fry at an Advancing Community Cohesion “Towards a National Compact” Conference held from 15-17th July 2015 at the University of Western Sydney in Parramatta.
During the same session a presentation was also delivered by Margarita Diaz, formerly a Hub Leader/Project Officer and Renate Gebhart-Jones, NSW Manager, NCHP focused on how Community Hubs are addressing Inclusion, Poverty and Capacity Building for women from CALD backgrounds in Western Sydney.
These presentations were well received given the presence of the NCHP in Western Sydney where there are currently 15 Hubs, 5 in each of the Local Government Areas of Blacktown, Parramatta and Bankstown, located in 11 public schools, 1 Catholic school and 3 community centres. Overall there are 42 Community Hubs successfully operating in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.