The Scanlon Foundation, the Migration Council Australia (MCA), and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, in partnership with the Gillard Government, will establish a network of 100 community hubs to support migrant families.
The initiative builds on a trial of nine hubs in the city of Hume that were jointly funded by the Scanlon Foundation in partnership with Government.
These programs prepare new migrants for school, and helps families to build a life in Australia by utilising tools and activities to empower parents, help them gain confidence, and encourage their participation in the community.
Peter Scanlon, Chair of the Scanlon Foundation said the hubs would see the engagement of local coordinators to assist migrant parents gain literacy skills and access community services.
“The program will develop parent’s capacity to support their children in the transition to school via the co-location and integration of services.
Carla Wilshire, CEO of the Migration Council said the hubs will act as a centre of activity and provide support services, language assistance and coordination.
“We know that engaging children and their parents in high quality, integrated services impacts how children develop and how they progress into school.”
Sue West, Associate Director of the Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Childrens Hospital and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute said the hubs would enhance the wellbeing and social cohesion of the community.
As part of the initiative hub coordinators will work with government to tailor services for parents and the needs of the community.
MEDIA CONTACT : Carla Wilshire (MCA) on 0409 363 888