Community Hubs Australia Limited is a not-for-profit organisation that helps build social cohesion. Community Hubs Australia works with federal, state, and local governments; business; philanthropic and not-for-profit organisations; and community organisations to deliver proven grassroots programs that increase connection between individuals and communities.
There are three Community Hubs in Shepparton located at Gowrie Street Primary School, St Georges Road Primary School and Wilmot Road Primary School with Lighthouse providing support & coordination accross all three. The Hubs are welcoming places where Migrant, Refugee and Asylum Seeker families, particularly mothers with young children come to connect, share and learn.
Gowrie Street Primary School Hub
The Gowrie Street Community Hub is situated in the north end of Shepparton and as such provides support and activities for a different demographic from most other Community Hubs. Besides a small CALD community, we have a large number of First Nations and Pasifika families as well as many single parent families and others dependent on social welfare. Our goal is to draw on individual and community strengths to create a safe and vibrant space in which families can connect with others and flourish. Currently we run a playgroup, early literacy activities, an English literacy and writing group for adults and English for English learners. We also run a women’s group, sewing/craft, and therapeutic arts activities, and, when Covid free, we have a family choir!
Julie Beer is the Gowrie Street Primary School Community Hub leader. She has been a teacher in many parts of Australia, is a keen gardener and writer, and is enthusiastic about the potential of the creative arts for strengthening individuals and families.
St Georges Road Primary School & SELC Hub
The Community Hub is located on the grounds of St Georges Road Primary School in close proximity to the Arthur Mawson Children’s Centre and the Shepparton English Language Centre. The Hub is a safe and welcoming space of around 20 different nationalities providing women, families and volunteers with the opportunity to join in regular and ‘one off’ free of charge programs, learn new skills, make new friends or to drop in for a cuppa and a chat. Programs include English, Playgroup, Family Gardening, Sewing/Craft, Cooking, Parenting, Wellbeing, Excursions and more. Currently during Covid restrictions we offer online sessions, plus weekly home hub family activity and learning packs. It’s a place where younger children can play and learn and parents, extended family and carers can connect with community information and support services. The Hub is a key link between school, kindergarten and community.
Liz Arcus is the St Georges Road Primary School and SELC Community Hub Leader. She has worked with diverse communities for many years and is a passionate connector (especially to dispel loneliness and isolation). Liz loves to provide opportunities for sharing of each other’s cultures. She is also a lover of nature and provides many links to the natural environment within hub programs.
Wilmot Road Primary School Hub
Wilmot Road Primary School Hub is a safe and welcoming place where families can come together to meet, share stories and link to other services. We provide adult English Classes, Playgroups, Gardening Group in our school vegie garden and a Cooking Group. Viber is used to support our English Classes and Facebook to support our Playgroup. All activities are free.
The Hub is a key link between school and the community, with strong connections with the local kindergartens and Maternal and Child Health service.
Claire Hanning is the Wilmot Road Primary School Community Hub Leader. She has been a Kindergarten Teacher and Fungroup Leader in Shepparton, Moroopna and surrounding areas. Claire is passionate about Early Childhood education and development and connecting families with relevant services for better outcomes for all. Claire.Hanning@education.vic.gov.au