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The NSW Community Hubs team reviewed and celebrated its past year’s Hub activities during the team's annual meeting in November. 

The meeting was an opportunity for participants to share their challenges and learnings, and to discuss priorities and the expansion of the program in 2017.

The NSW Community Hubs Team gathers for its 2016 annual meeting.The NSW Community Hubs Team gathers for its 2016 annual meeting.


Joining the Hub leaders and principals from the 12 NSW Community Hubs were Community Hubs Australia CEO, Sonja Hood; Multicultural Education and Community Relations Advisor with the Department of Education, Rebecca Stuart; SSI Manager – Strategic Policy Astrid Perry; SSI Settlement Services Manager, Loukia Zinopoulos; NSW Community Hubs Manager, Fatima Kourouche; and SSI Senior Project Manager, Thanh Nguyen.

Notable achievements in 2016 included:

  • 429 sessions to engage pre-school aged children
  • 289 language literacy programs
  • 45 community events
  • 322 health and lifestyle programs
  • 98 formal training classes
  • 95 informal training sessions
  • 985 volunteers supporting the 12 hubs
  • 1400 referrals made to local organisations
  • families coming from 52 different backgrounds
  • almost 8000 families engaged across the 12 hubs

The National Community Hubs program is expected to grow from 39 Hubs to 70 in 2017. This expansion is the result of Federal and State governments providing extra funding to support the program’s growth across NSW, QLD and Victoria.

The Community Hubs program has been recognised for making an immense impact on families in those three states, in particular to newly arrived refugees and migrant families.

Hub leaders and principals were presented with trophies to acknowledge their contribution and tireless work throughout the year.


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