Community Strengthening Programs

  • Driver Education: support for refugees getting their learners and their license. Registration is essential. Please contact the Driver Education worker on 9767 1962.

  • Homework Support Program: for secondary school students, Mondays to Wednesdays 3.30 pm - 6pm. For information contact the Youth Engagement Worker on 03 9767 1965.

  • The Learning Space: every Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during school term. Meet friends, socialise and learn new skills in English, Sewing and Computers.

  • School holiday programs: for more inforamtion please contact the Youth Engagement Worker on 03 9767 1965.

  • Community information forums: for service providers and general community on relevant topics - check our Facebook  page or follow us on Twitter  for updates.

  • Co-location for ethno-specific organisations: for more information, please contact the Team Leader on 03 9767 1917.

  • Swimming program for children: aged 5-15 years. For more information please contact the Community Development Facilitator on 03 9767 1914

  • Education and Employment assistance: researching career options and education pathways, writing resumes and cover letters, developing interview skills. Eligible clients should be aware that this is not a job search program. For more information, please contact the Education and Employment Pathways worker on 03 9767 1928. Download the program description.

  • Strategic Parternships: works to strangthen and empower communities by...

    • More fully participating  in and engaging with their local communities

    • Access  existing services

    • Identifying local issues and concerns

    • Planning  tailored community-owned responses

    • Enhancing local capacity and improve settlement outcomes

                  For further details, please contact the RAP worker on 03 9767 1922.

  • HIPPY program

HIPPY (Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters) is a 2-year home-based program for parents of pre-school children. HIPPY promotes school readiness and improves the chance of a confident school experience for the child. HIPPY builds child self-esteem and confidence in learning. HIPPY empowers parents to be their child’s first teachers. HIPPY helps parents to understand more about child development and the way children learn. HIPPY is fun and it's free. HIPPY  includes home visits with a tutor, who visits to demonstrate activities through role-play, in the parents' first language if required. 

Each week, parents support their children to explore educational activities for 10-15 minutes per day, 5 days per week, for a 2-year period. The home tutors are parents too. They conduct these learning activities with their own children, at the same time employed to help other HIPPY families. The home tutor works with the parents to work with their own children. 

HIPPY is open to Dandenong families (i) if the child is around 4 years old and will commence prep-school in 2015 and (ii) living in the City of Greater Dandenong. To learn more about HIPPY Dandenong, please contact the Program Coordinator on 03 9767 1954.

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services.