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The CEOs of SSI, Connect Child and Family Services and Refuge of Hope on August 31 signed a Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the Community Hubs in NSW.

From January 1 next year SSI will be the NSW Support Agency under the National Community Hubs Program.

Community Hubs Program

Services within Community Hubs are delivered by part-time Hub Leaders. The program aims to strengthen social cohesion and inclusion within local communities and deliver outcomes for children, families, schools and the wider community.

There are 42 Community Hubs operating in three states (Victoria, Queensland and NSW). Fifteen are based in NSW in the local government areas of Blacktown, Parramatta and Bankstown.

The Refuge of Hope provides funding to organisations to perform the role of support agencies in each state. Support agencies are the link between the national program and the hubs at school level.

In NSW, the current support agency is Connect Child and Family Services.

SSI is working with the Refuge of Hope and Connect Child and Family Services to ensure a smooth transition of the program to SSI in 2016.

Pictured at the signing of the Community Hubs MOU are: (standing) Thanh Nguyen, Senior Project Manager, Business and Community Development, SSI; Joseph Ferrer, Manager, Business and Community Development, SSI; Astrid Perry, Chief Operating Officer, SSI; Chris Gardiner, CEO, Connect Child and Family Services; and Tony Fry, National Community Hub Program Manager, Refuge of Hope; (seated) Sonja Hood, CEO, Refuge of Hope; Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, SSI; and Renate Gebhart-Jones, NSW Program Manager, Connect Child and Family Services.

Success stories

Four Brave Women: Summer Hill café empowers refugee entrepreneurs

Courtesy The Australian: Ethiopian refugee Adi Tefera, left, with volunteer chef Kate Spina at Four Brave WomenFour Brave Women is open for business!

Developed as a joint initiative between The Trading Circle, a division of the charity Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, and SSI, Four Brave Women is a café and community space where refugees have the opportunity to create a sustainable income for themselves using their culinary skills. It is a creative and inclusive space that celebrates different cultures through food and art.

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