Hume Early Years Community Hubs program
Hume Early Years Community Hubs were established in Hume City over eight years ago and were expanded to nine Hubs under the Supporting Parents Developing Children Project which ran from 2011-2014. There are now 12 Community Hubs located in Hume schools and they are part of the National Community Hubs Program.
The Hubs are based in primary schools and are planned around local needs. The Hubs support families’ in their children’s learning and development, and provide knowledge and training opportunities for parents. The Hubs act as a gateway to services, information and learning and increases connection with their community and the broader networks in Hume City.
Each Hub has a Hub Coordinator who offers a warm, supportive environment and helps parents and community members to create vocational pathways and move through volunteering, training, education and employment.
The Hubs are open to families in the local community as well as school families.
Some of the programs that the Hubs provide are:
- English classes
- community kitchens and gardens
- parenting and family support programs
- breakfast clubs
- linking to specialist services e.g. GPs, Maternal and Child Health
- special interest activities e.g. sewing,
- social connection opportunities, e.g. coffee and chat
- Certificate courses
Hume Early Years Community Hubs are located at the following schools:
- Bethal Primary School
- Broadmeadows Valley Primary School
- Campbellfield Heights Primary School
- Coolaroo South Primary School
- Craigieburn South Primary School
- Dallas Brooks Primary School
- Holy Child Primary School
- Meadow Heights Primary School
- Meadows Primary School
- Roxburgh Rise Primary School
- St Dominic’s Primary School
- Sunbury Heights Primary School
If you would like more information about the Hub in your local neighbourhood download the Hume Early Years Community Hubs flyer.
National Community Hubs Program
The Community Hubs in Hume are part of the National Community Hubs Program of which there are 42 nationally, based in QLD, NSW and Victoria. The Hume Hubs are funded by Department of Social Services, Hume City Council and the schools they are located in.
If you would like to have more information about the National Community Hubs Program visit www.communityhubs.org.au
Supporting Parents - Developing Children (SPDC)
The SPDC Project (1 July 2011 - 30 June 2014) aimed to bring about greater social inclusion and cohesion for migrant and refugee families living in southern Hume. The project successfully improved language, literacy and learning outcomes for isolated migrant mothers and their children, through the development of Community Hubs, playgroups, bilingual storytimes and mother and child English language programs.
The project was enabled by a financial commitment of $3 million over three years, provided through a partnership between the Scanlon Foundation, Federal and State Governments and Hume City Council.
The SPDC project expanded and piloted the Community Hub model in southern Hume and based on the success of the pilot, led to the establishment of the National Community Hubs program.
For more information download the Royal Children’s Hospital Final evaluation report of the SPDC Project (December 2014).