Our Place - 2 year Partnership Extension


Working with the Colman Foundation, they are committed to bringing together the resources children and families need to thrive – integrating high quality early learning, effective schooling, health and community services, and adult education, training and employment support in ways that meet the needs and help fulfil the aspirations of the community.

- 31% of disadvangae childen are starting school developmentally vulnerable.
- 26% of young people do not have a Year 12 qualification by the age of 19
- 3 x more likely for children to be developmentally vulnerable if they don't attend kinder.

The 'Our Place' model, builds a single entry into the early learning, school, adult learning and community spaces to support the believe in seamless integration. The program invest in people whose primary responsibility is relationship-building because change only happens with trust.

The IOOF Foundation has extended our initial two year partnership with the Colman Foundation for a further two years supporting the programs at Doveton College, Carlton and Robinvale, committing $300,000.

The model works due to the creation of partnership with the local community, local schools, local council and other local service providers  – creating an integrated community resource, that supports children and their families to succeed. The model is build around five key elements that make a difference to the education outcomes for children in disadvantaged communities.

- High quality early learning
- High quality schooling
- Wrap around health and wellbeing
- Adult education and employment
- Engagement and enrichment for children and families.

For further information on the model, please visit  https://ourplace.org.au/