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Community Hub celebrates happiness, hope and building connections

Parramatta West Public School Community Hub was established as a new hub in SSI’s Community Hubs network in the middle of COVID.


Despite the challenges presented by COVID, hub programs and activities flourished.

Community hubs create invaluable space and support for families to build confidence, social connections, improve educational outcomes and increase employment potential.

Parramatta West’s programs and activities included yoga, Pilates, English classes, coffee and chat, financial assistance, food hampers and family assistance … all online.

In spite of the rain, the hub celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day in its newly furbished premises. After eight months connecting online, the women finally were able to meet face-to-face.

It was an open day event that celebrated friendship, happiness, hope and building connections.

Over 80 hub participants and school staff attended. Catering was provided by program partner Piccolo Me, and Sonyla's Beauty Spot donated a $200 beauty voucher for a lucky door prize.

Guest speakers included Dianne Kersten from Parramatta College, speaking about courses the college offers, and Nicole Senior from the P&C, speaking about the meaning behind International Women’s Day and how everyone could advocate for change.

Hub Leader Kristina Medak’s exceptional engagement and communication skills have helped create a hub space that fosters trust, friendship and belonging.


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