The Centre: Connecting Community in North & West Mebourne Inc

This grant was approved under our previous grants policy (Jan 2014 – March 2017)
Building organisational capacity Develop in-house skills and knowledge to implement and manage an ongoing funding model
Extending opportunity Ensure continued and improved access to homework support for disadvantaged school students
Collaboration and partnership North Melbourne and Hobsons Bay Libraries, North Melbourne Primary School, University High School, Centre for Multicultural Youth

Image The kids at Home Away from Homework Club thank the community for donations to the fundraising campaign

Short-term employment of a skilled fundraiser to develop in-house skills and increase organisational capacity to build sustainability of the Home Away from Homework Club.

The Home Away From Homework Club is an inclusive and holistic program which provides learning support and tutoring to 60 disadvantaged primary and secondary students in Melbourne’s inner north, helping them both socially and academically to participate in school in a more meaningful way. The best practice, benchmark program features an experienced teacher as the coordinator and a dedicated team of 30 volunteers, delivering tutor support to the students, in partnership with the North Melbourne Library and the Altona North Community Library.

  • A professional fundraiser was employed to collaborate with staff and volunteers to develop and establish a sustainable, integrated funding strategy.
  • The fundraiser worked with the Centre’s team in a series of training sessions to up-skill employees plus volunteers, resulting in increased organisational capacity.
  • A comprehensive review was undertaken and a new marketing strategy developed with input from the homework students, which included creating a new identity and logo and the preparation of marketing materials and press releases.
  • A video was produced to assist with crowdfunding and for publicity purposes.
  • The fundraising campaign was successfully launched in September 2016.