Hubs serve as gateways that connect families with each other, with their school and with existing services that can provide health, education and settlement support.
The hub is a place where communities connect and engage with one another. It can start simply by sharing a conversation over coffee, learning a new craft like sewing or knitting or even joining a gardening group. The diversity of each community makes each hub unique in the way it creates those connections. For new hubs, Engagement programs are the best place to start.
In facilitating playgroups and children’s activities, hubs enable schools to build relationships with families which have lasting positive impacts for all involved. Playgroups are a fantastic soft entry point for families to connect in the hub, and often this is one of the first programs a family will engage in.
We know from previous research that over a third of hub participants become involved in hubs to improve their English. For many the hub is the first place they may come to learn English, and is a gateway to other community-based English language providers.
Hub leaders are at the heart of the community and often their connections, or those of their support agency, provide participants with a range of opportunities for volunteering and potential employment. Hubs could not operate without the help and support of volunteers.
The National Community Hubs Program aims to strengthen social cohesion and inclusion in targeted Australian communities by achieving four core outcomes: