Hume sets the example: helping our families

An innovative program that started in Hume to help disadvantaged and newly-arrived families to access the support they need has now spread across Australia, Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said today.

Cr Atmaca said Hume was proud that the Early Years Hubs began in Hume City in 2006, and would soon host a meeting of community hubs leaders from around the nation.

“Hume has had so much success with its community hubs, and it’s wonderful to see how this concept has extended from our municipality to areas right around Australia,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Our Early Years Hubs are based in 12 primary schools across Hume, and they make it easier for newly-arrived families to break down the barriers in what can initially be an unfamiliar environment.

“The hubs offer playgroups and English-language programs, and they also connect parents to agencies that provide education, health and settlement services.

“The program has worked well because it helps our residents from diverse backgrounds to access assistance in a safe and comfortable setting, being a primary school.

“The hubs enable parents to get to know one another, and assist children to be really well-prepared for life in an Australian school.”

Hume expanded its Early Years Hubs in 2011 through the Supporting Parents – Developing Children project, which was funded by the Victorian and Australian governments, as well as the Scanlon Foundation.

Its local achievements led to the establishment of the National Community Hubs Support Centre, through which community leaders from around Australia will meet on 18 and 19 May 2015, at the Hume Global Learning Centre – Broadmeadows.

The event will help attendees to learn from each other, refine programs and share new ideas.

Cr Atmaca said he was proud that Broadmeadows would host the conference.

“Hume is one of the most diverse communities in Australia, because our residents come from more than 166 different countries and speak approximately 140 languages,” he said.

“We know how to help newly-arrived migrants feel a little more at ease, and work hard to ensure our families can participate fully in community life.

“It can be difficult for people who have recently arrived from another country, and it’s even more of a challenge if they have young children to care for.

“We want all of our residents to know how to access doctors, education providers and children’s services, regardless of their background.”

Hume’s Early Years Hubs are based at primary schools which include Meadow Heights, Campbellfield Heights, Bethal, Broadmeadows Valley, Holy Child, St Dominic’s, Meadows, Coolaroo South, Dallas Brooks, Roxburgh Park, Craigieburn South, and Sunbury Heights.

The program is currently funded through the individual schools, the Australian Government, and Hume City Council.

For further information about Hume’s Early Years Hubs, call Hume City Council on 03 9205 2200 or visit www.communityhubs.org.au




Updated : 6:27 PM, 14 May 2015

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