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’.