Celebrating one year of school community hubs

By Ilias Bakalla

A celebration was under way at African House on Thursday afternoon to mark a successful year for three community hubs in Shepparton.

Community hubs support co-ordinator Lisa Morey said the community hubs — which are run through primary schools — were in place to welcome new migrants to Shepparton and help them socialise with others in the same position.

“We provide things like childcare for people who want to do things like learn English at TAFE and help them feel a part of the community,” she said.

Cicilia Nelson is one of those people.

Originally from South Sudan, she migrated to Shepparton in 2017 but was considering leaving before she went to one of the community hub meetings.

“Now I know a lot of people and I don't want to leave,” she said with a laugh.

“I've learnt how to sew and how to cook Syrian and Afghani food, too.”