Hume Empowering Communities

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The Hume Empowering Communities Funding has been established for organisations and incorporated groups from the Hume community who support young people with crime prevention and community safety activities.  

Total funding of $550,000 over two years is available to support the community to design and deliver initiatives that take an evidence-informed, innovative approach to address local issues impacting on crime and perceptions of safety.   

The Hume Empowering Communities initiative is funded through the Victorian Government’s Building Safer Communities Program.  

Hume City Council, Department of Justice and Community Safety and the Hume Empowering Communities Action Group, which includes representatives from local community organisations, have worked together to develop the common goal for the funding - that children entering adolescence develop and maintain life skills, engage in school, and have safe, stable and nurturing relationships with parents and/or caregivers.  

The key objectives of the initiative are to provide opportunities for young people to develop life skills in a family and school and/or community context, connection to culturally responsive family and legal services and support for school transitions and individual learning needs.  

Round 2 of the funding will open in November 2022 for funding from January 2023 to June 2024. 

Round 1 Hume Empowering Communities Funded Projects 

Quick Response Stream

The Quick Response Stream offers funds of up to $20,000 for small activities and/or pilot projects that need to be completed by 30 December 2022. These small projects must demonstrate evidence of immediate impact on the Hume community. These projects must be completed in Round 1 - March 2022 to December 2022.  


Project title: Engaging Social Circles

Name of Organisation: Igbo Association of Victoria Australia

Project Contact: Elvis Nwachukwu (President)

Project Contact Email: president@igbovictoria.org.au

Organisation Email: Abimbola.Odetayo@gmail.com

Organisation Phone Number: 0433 280 097

Engaging Social Circles 2022 program utilises a combination/blend of contemporary and traditional Igbo games as well as educational sessions for young people aged 8-14 to develop and maintain important life skills in line with Igbo cultural values. The program activities aim to empower young people through connecting participants to culturally responsive services, supporting school transitions, and strengthening connections between young people, their parents and fellow community members. Engaging Social Circles aims to increase awareness of safety, re-engage families impacted by pandemic isolation and hardship as well as improve mental health outcomes.  


Project Title: Teens in the Kitchen

Name of Organisation: Goonawarra Neighbourhood House

Project Contact: Susan Burke (Acting Manager)

Project Contact Email: susan@goonawarranh.com.au

Organisation Email: admin@goonawarranh.com.au

Organisation Phone Number: (03) 9740 6627

Teens in the Kitchen will be facilitated for young people aged 12-14 living in Sunbury and Goonawarra to promote healthy social connection, participation in the community and self-care skills for a positive future. This program will teach young adolescents how to cook simple and healthy meals to improve physical and mental health outcomes. Teens in the Kitchen will be facilitated in partnership with a youth worker to guide and support participants, as well as connecting them to local services as required. It is through teaching young people cooking skills, that the program aims to improve their confidence in their abilities to complete tasks and develop psychosocial competency in comprehension, social skills, budgeting, healthy meals, and general nutrition.  

Innovation Stream

The Innovation Stream offers funds of up to $50,000 for larger activities and/or projects that demonstrate innovation and test new, more effective approaches to improve community safety and crime prevention in Hume. These activities and/or projects must be completed in Round 1 - March 2022 to December 2022. 


Project title: Where Safety Begins

Name of Organisation: Northern Community Legal Centre

Project Contact: Tania McKenna (Partnerships and Community Development Manager)

Project Contact Email: tmckenna@northernclc.org.au

Organisation Email: admin@northernclc.org.au

Organisation Phone Number: (03) 9310 4376

Where Safety Begins aims to mitigate trauma arising from family violence through providing a safe and interactive environment for young people aged 10-14 to understand their experience, build confidence in seeking early intervention and establish strong support networks. Utilising Hume based partnerships with community organisations and schools, this program delivers six modules which combine learning with fun and interactive activities to facilitate learning. Where Safety Begins will educate participants on identifying their needs, build upon personal strengths, engage with trusted supports and self-advocate when it comes to decisions that impact their lives. The program will build their capacity to manage emotions, implement self-care strategies and gain a sense of control in situations where they have typically felt powerless. Where Safety Begins adopts a sustainable approach through delivering capacity building workshops to teachers and youth program leaders to support integration of the tools and activities into current curriculums and programs run by partner agencies.

Impact Stream

The Impact Stream offers funds for larger projects that need to be developed and delivered over the specified period that can demonstrate significant impact on community safety and crime prevention in Hume. These will be funded up to $200,000 delivered across two funding rounds. 


Project Title: You’re the Man – A Healthy Young Men Project

Name of Organisation: Orygen (headspace Craigieburn)

Project Contact: Dayna Minovski (Clinical Services Manager)

Project Contact Email: dayna.minovski@orygen.org.au

Organisation Email: info-headspaceCraigieburn@orygen.org.au

Organisation Phone Number: (03) 8338 0919

In partnership with headspace Craigieburn and The Man Cave, You’re the Man – A Healthy Young Men Project will deliver workshops to engage young men aged 8-14 and their mentors in Hume in local environments already accessed including schools, religious spaces, barbershops, sports clubs and trade programs. These workshops promote healthy psycho-social responses to their challenges, accessing appropriate support and overcome expectations of traditional masculinity which prevent healthy development/maturation. It is through the development of these skills, young people will gain the ability to have meaningful engagement in the community and less likely to be perpetrators of violent crime, including family violence. Capacity building workshops run by local community leaders will also be delivered for mentors to train in identifying needs, providing support, and facilitate progress in their mentees. You’re the Man – A Healthy Young Men Project adopts a strength based approach to build emotional resilience, foster social support networks, and encourage positive development in young men of Hume.


Project Title: Imagineering Plus

Project Contact: Nicky Leitch (Executive Officer - Hume)

Project Contact Email: nicky.l@hwllen.com.au

Organisation Email: hwllen@hwllen.com.au

Organisation Phone Number: (03) 9309 5500

Imagineering Plus as adopts an early intervention approach to school disengagement, while also developing education pathways to work for young people in Hume. The core modules of the program aim to empower children and young people in grade 5 and 6 in 2022 and grade 5, 6 and Year 7 in 2023,  to “think big” and expand future career aspirations. The program provides an avenue for participants to reflect on their own interests and identify their strengths and attributes. Imagineering Plus partners with primary and secondary schools, and other community stakeholders  who support the activities and workshops all conducted in a safe and nurturing space at school. Imagineering Plus aims to build the confidence and esteem of young people in continuing education, instil hope and recognise opportunities for a successful future. Welfare staff will be present to connect vulnerable families to required culturally appropriate support services to improve participant outcomes.  

Hume Empowering Communities Newsletter 

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