The O-Hub is a purpose built opportunity centre designed to empower families to take control of their lives. It has replaced the traditional welfare service centres that previously created dependency by delivering passive services to families.
The O-Hub is a one-stop-shop for a suite of Opportunity Products, developed by Cape York Partnership, which encourage and support individuals and families to manage and take responsibility for their finances, their health and their children’s education. The O-Hub provides an environment for building self-reliance and responsibility.
Its focus is to bring welfare dependent individuals and families up to a level of basic functionality through:
- Engaging in their children’s education
- Positive parenting
- Pride in the family home
- Budgeting and income
- Engaging in family health
Opportunity Products are designed to encourage self reliance and responsibility and often include quid pro quo commitments from individuals and families to contribute money, labour or time.
Pride of Place for example requires a financial commitment and family ‘sweat equity’ to gain access to a backyard blitz program. Families make regular contributions to Student Education Trusts to cover educational expenses and purchase educational products throughout the child’s schooling.