Crestmead has a Community Hub where everyone can come together and benefit from a range of free services.
St Francis College, Crestmead operate a Community Hub on their college campus at 64 Julie Street, Crestmead. This Hub provides a range of free programs for all families across the Logan region.
The Principal of St Francis College, Crestmead, Ms Tricia Kennedy says ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and the Hub helps the community engage parents and their children in learning.
“We believe in community engagement and parent engagement and our community is not just about people who attend St Francis College, it’s also about the wider Logan community,” Principal Tricia Kennedy said.
“We find out what our community wants from the people who are visiting our hub, and then we also look what’s out there and try to marry those together.”
With a large group of migrant families accessing the Hub, CEO of Community Hubs Australia, Dr Sonja Hood said the program aims to do four things: engage isolated families, prepare children for school, teach the English language and offer families ways to engage with their local community.
“The Hub has done a fantastic job of linking in with other services in the community,” Dr Hood said.
The Community Hub has been serving the community since 2011 and offers a broad range of family services from early childhood services to parents accessing vocational training equipping them for future employment.
Mother of three Hollie Erskine said there is so much offered in terms of information, advice and support.
“We got the sense of community I was looking for,” Hollie said.
The services and programs offered at the hub include: First Five Forever literacy programs; playgroup, an immunisation clinic, child health nurse, healthy eating programs, fine motor programs, sewing classes, vocational programs , pre-school programs and english classes – just to name a few.
Community Hub Leader, Kimberly Davis said everybody is welcome to attend – everybody in the surrounding community is welcome.
“The best thing about the Hub is everything that we run in the Hub is free,” Ms Davis said.