INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS TO ASSIST IN RESPONDING TO THE ANNOUNCED EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
CHA: Community Hubs Australia. The lead agency facilitating the relationship between the funders and the Support Agencies that manage the community hubs.
NCHP: National Community Hubs Program. The NCHP aims to strengthen social cohesion and inclusion within local communities and deliver long-term outcomes for children, families, schools and the wider community.
Support Agency: the local support for the host primary schools to run their hubs, in this case it is Liverpool City Council.
Support Coordinator: the dedicated resource who works within the Support Agency to assist the Community Hub.
Host school: the school that has a community hub.
Hub Leader: The person who manages each community hub. Each community hub has a full-time or part-time hub leader who manages day-to-day operations, employed by the school.
ABOUT COMMUNITY HUBS AUSTRALIA
Community Hubs Australia Incorporated (CHA) works with government, businesses, philanthropy, other not-for-profits, and community organisations to fund and facilitate programs that increase social cohesion.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL COMMUNITY HUBS PROGRAM
The National Community Hubs Program facilitates programs based in primary schools (state, catholic and independent schools) and work with permanent and temporary migrants, and humanitarian entrants. Community hubs focus on engaging with and supporting migrant and refugee women with pre-school children because they are among Australia’s most vulnerable and isolated residents due to lack of transport and support with child minding. These women need welcoming places where their children can play and learn, and where they can grow to feel safe, build trust, learn new skills, develop social connections and access support services.
Community hubs are designed to be responsive to local conditions and needs. Families and community members are actively involved in decision-making about the types of support and activities at their local hub. Hubs offer activities including playgroups or pre-school; English classes; vocational training; and support responsive to need (such as referrals to health services, domestic violence support, counselling and more).
Hubs are recognised as a leading model to support migrant women with young children, giving them the best chance of achieving positive settlement outcomes. Independent evaluations indicate that:
- a place-based approach focused on engagement acts as a gateway for migrant and refugee women, and their children to access services
- hubs significantly increase the uptake of services among migrant families
- hubs support migrant and refugee children and their families to be better prepared for school, and to better understand Australia’s education system
Community hubs are a proven model that benefit schools and families, by:
- building connections between families and their school
- supporting better settlement outcomes through engaging isolated mothers
- improving outcomes for children through early learning activities
- connecting parents with services
- developing better language, literacy and learning outcomes for mothers and children
Community hubs are changing lives – and knitting together Australia’s social fabric – one family at a time.
WHAT DO SCHOOLS NEED TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A COMMUNITY HUB?
The following are key to the success of a community hub:
- Your school Principal and leadership team must be committed to actively supporting the hub, its programs, and the community hub leader.
- Your local community must have a diverse population.
- You must be able to provide a designated space, such as a classroom, for the exclusive use of the hub. The space must be big enough to run group activities, and be accessible to the community during the day (subject to standard school visitor processes). The hub leader should be able to access other spaces in the school where possible and within reason (e.g. a kitchen, library or hall).
- Your school Principal must be committed to attending quarterly principal meetings to be hosted by your local support agency, and to releasing your hub leader to attend regular network meetings and professional development events.
HOW DOES THE EXPRESSION OF INTEREST PROCESS WORK?
Primary schools are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to be considered for inclusion in the National Community Hubs Program.
Please follow this link to access, complete and submit your Expression of Interest for your area.
The EOI covers such aspects as:
- whether your school meets the compulsory eligibility criteria of:
- being a primary school
- having a dedicated space available
- committing to co-fund the community hub after two years
- whether you commit to attending regular principals’ meetings
- your current activities to engage with newly arrived migrant families
- whether you agree to actively advocate for the community hub within your school, and to create an inclusive environment for your hub leader
- the diversity of your school’s local community, and what are the top three geographic regions represented.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of your enquiry.