Introducing Quinlyn

This is Quinlyn, a Guugu Yimithirr man from Hope Vale. Quinlyn plays for Northern Pride and loves to spend his weekends fishing at Cooya Beach. "The best thing about Bama is working with the crews. I like how everyone gets along – you don't feel left out and you feel...

Leannes Budget Success

Leanne Finlay has a current budget in place that she completed with an MPower staff member in Hopevale. By doing a full budget and sticking to it she was eligible to apply for a Step up Loan. Leanne’s loan was approved which enabled her to purchase new white goods and...

Setting up the Future Generation

Incredible achievement by parents and carers in Cape York, who have contributed this money to our next generations educational needs. Students Education Trust is a Welfare Reform initiative and operates out of our O-Hubs in Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge.

Budgeting Success

Vanessa Rosendale from Hopevale is a frequent user of the CYP Opportunity Products from SETS, MPower, POP and NILS. Recently Vanessa did a Step Up Loan and was approved for new furniture. "Doing a budget may seem time consuming, but it helps you figure out where your...

Big Super Day Out

We are excited to share some great final statistics from the recent Big Super Day Out. Aurukun: 90 community members supported $832,300.00 superannuation connected Hope Vale: 70 community members supported $1,477,112.00 superannuation connected This day would not have...

Story Time

The Hope Vale CYAAA (Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy) campus hosted their Book Fair, and the dress up theme was Favourite Fictional Book Character. The students and teachers all joined in, and dozens of fictional characters were brought to life, including Lane...

Dressing Up

The Hope Vale CYAAA (Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy) campus hosted their Book Fair, and the dress up theme was Favourite Fictional Book Character. The students and teaches all joined in, and dozens of fictional characters were brought to life, including Lane...

The Best Start

On August 18, the Hope Vale O-Hub hosted the quarterly SET (Student Education Trust) Fair. The Fair offers a range of options for educational games, school stationery and lunch supplies, backpacks and shoes, which SET donors can purchase using...

Hope Vale Set Fair

On August 18, the Hope Vale O-Hub hosted the quarterly SET (Student Education Trust) Fair. The Fair offers a range of options for educational games, school stationery and lunch supplies, backpacks and shoes, which SET donors can purchase using...

Cape York students to unite for annual music camp

STUDENTS  from the remote indigenous communities of Aurukun, Coen and Hope Vale will hone their instrumental and vocal skills as part of the 7th annual Queensland Music Festival’s (QMF) Cape York Music Program (CYMP). Students from Aurukun, Coen and Hope Vale will...

Patrick Stands Proud

We are so proud of this young man, Patrick Wallace! Patrick is one of our Academic Leaders from Hope Vale, who graduated from The Cathedral School in Townsville last year. He has just completed his Kapooka intake and has been posted to Latchford Barracks in Wodonga,...

Celebrating Our Children

Hopevale OHub staff supported the CYAAA Hopevale Campus in hosting the National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day on the 3rd of August 2018 in the park. The day was filled with lots of activities for the children including a great...

Calls for decade-long cashless welfare card trial on Cape York Peninsula to continue

Members of an Aboriginal community on Cape York Peninsula are calling for their income management trial to continue, saying their town has changed for the better. Hope Vale is one of five communities that have been part of the decade-long Cape York Welfare Reform...

Indigenous community fights to preserve language that gave Australia the word ‘kangaroo’

An Indigenous language that has survived for more than 50,000 years and gave Australia the word "kangaroo" is fighting to stay alive amid fears the number of fluent speakers is dwindling. Guugu-Yimidhirr is the mother tongue of people in Hope Vale on Cape York...

Great Educational Items for Students

The CYAAA in conjunction with CYP in Hope Vale held the Education Day and SETS Fair in the school grounds providing educational resources for learning and scholastic books. The school grounds has become a central location to maximise parent...

Sorting Out Online Access.

Russell lives in Wujal Wujal and has been having trouble with access to his banking. He came into the Hopevale OHub and got his access reset and now and he can do all of his own banking. Russell advised that having the OHub in community is good as they help people to...

Our Future

The Hope Vale OHub have now adopted the Hope Vale Campus Prep class with Miss Ashleigh, Miss Maggie and Miss Kelly for 2018. OHub staff will work closely with the students on attendance and support their awards and ceremonies and also birthday club.

Hope Vale Mothers Day Celebrations

Hope Vale Community Celebration for Mothers Day 2018. All service providers came together to host a Mothers Day event on the 9th May involving pampering, singing, dancing, craft activities and a performance from the CYAAA band. The Strong...

RNLD DRIL Workshop at Hope Vale.

Elders and community members are working together to ensure the future of the Guugu Yimidhirr language for generations to come, by developing strategies to bring the language back into the homes. The Queensland State Library, the Resource Network for...

Hopevale Womens International Day

CYP hosted the Women's International Day in Hopevale on 8th March 2018. The theme this year is PressforProgress around women empowerment and gender equality. Our day was filled with Joanne doing a great job at being our MC, Karen doing welcome...

World at Their Feet

Kayla from Weipa, Imani from Aurukun and Natayah from Mossman and Hope Vale started Year 12 this year. Kayla and Natayah are studying at Rockhampton Girls Grammar, while Imani attends Stuartholme School in Brisbane. Since Imani and Natayah started with CYLP in 2014 as...

Hope Vale Set Fair

The Hope Vale OHub held their first SET Fair for the year. The theme of the SET Fairs was "back to school", to help families prepare for school after a long break over the Christmas holiday. Many students are attending school and Kindy for the first time...

It’s Christmas Time

Apunipima Cape York Health Council hosted 'breakfast with Santa' which CYP supported with breakfast items and running a playgroup activity which ended up being a craft activity with all kids taking part in decorating Christmas cards and...

Story Time

Parents and children enjoying a FaFT Playgroup activity making felt teddies and putting clothes on them. The activity also had a story book that was read to the children learning about what we wear like shorts, shirts and hats and different...

Supporting School Awards

In early December 2017 Coen and Hope Vale CYAAA Schools held their End of Year School Awards. SET contributes to the following awards: Overall Most Improved - $250 SET voucher for school supplies Outstanding Contribution to Music - $200 SET...

Protecting Our Children

Hope Vale O-Hub celebrated their Child Protection Day in conjunction with CYAAA at the campus grounds. The Strong Families staff hosted a FaFT playgroup. Students at Nola's Daycare and Kindy assisted in making the banner by hand printing on the canvas. The...

Gorgeous Bubs

CYP hosted the NAIDOC Baby Show this year in conjunction with Nola's Daycare and Kindy. Most of the gorgeous children dressed up in the culture dress or their favourite costumes and they all received a medal and certificate for...

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Children’s Day) is a time to for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children. The day is an opportunity for all...

Successful Strong Families Session

A very successful Families as First Teachers session in Hope Vale in June was well attended.

Family as First Teachers

Parenting Consultant Selina Bowen and Parenting Support worker Karen Gordon delivering a Families as First Teachers (FaFT) activity to partners in Hope Vale. In this activity the partners have learnt a Fishing Game. Children had fun playing this game and at the same...

Hope Vale, north-west of Cooktown, is home to about 1,500 from thirteen clan groups who mostly speak Guugu Yimithirr and other related languages.

In total, 843 Hope Vale community members have now signed up to one or more Opportunity Products through the O-Hub. Of these, 33% visited the O-Hub at least once in the last three months. The largest portion of members are signed up to MPower (774 members in total) to enhance their money management skills and knowledge. 249 (32%) of these MPower members attended a total of 1,337 sessions (including self-service) during the period to obtain general support, guidance around budgeting and more.

Hope Vale parents have made significant progress towards their individual goals through the Strong Families Program, and surveys consistently demonstrate that participants feel more confident as a parent after participating. Our trialling of evening group parenting sessions has also shown promise with good attendance by community members, particularly among clients referred by the Family Responsibilities Commission.

Student Education Trusts remain highly popular in Hope Vale, and parents and carers continue to reap the rewards. Between January and June 2018, 22 new trust accounts were opened in Hope Vale, and approximately $2,874 worth of quality educational items were purchased across 59 unique SET accounts during a SET Fair and CYAAA’s Education Day. In 2018, Hope Vale O-Hub also ‘adopted’ the Prep class, and have been supporting the class awards and birthday club to encourage student attendance.

The Hope Vale O-Hub supports and engages with a range of community events. Between January and June 2018, O-Hub staff attended and participated in the Under Eights Day at Nola’s Daycare and Kindy, the Domestic Violence Play hosted by the Justice Group, the Welfare Reform consultations and Hope Vale Council’s Five Year plan community discussions. The O-Hub also hosted an International Women’s Day event, which provoked discussions around female empowerment and gender equality as part of the theme of ‘Press for Progress’.