The Little Learners Project aims to remove barriers to enable children from our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) communities to access early education.
This program provides bilingual support to reduce language, social and cultural barriers to education. By providing culturally sensitive language support to parents and children, we aim to enhance CaLD children’s experience and development in early education.
Little Learners saw child enrolment across targeted kindergartens increased from 5 CaLD children in 2020 to 19 CaLD children in 2021.
Since April 2021, 12 women from multiple ethnic backgrounds have been trained as Community Health Educators to address the poor health literacy in their wider communities. The CHEs will offer, in their first language, health education and pathways to health services to women and families who struggle to navigate the western health system.
More recently our 12 trained CHE’s have become instrumental in providing and delivering reliable, accurate and real time COVID-19 information to women and their families. This current health crisis has enabled the CHE’s to find meaningful roles, both paid and volunteer, in our community and are acknowledged as making a huge difference in the compliance, acceptance and understanding of the important health directives and challenges, both with COVID and other major health issues plaguing these non-English speaking communities.
The CHE program has been lauded as making the difference in many families’ lives, saving lives and keeping our whole community safe.
The Oral Language Intervention (OLI) program is an evidence-based project providing intensive intervention from the foundation years’ to improve student language and literacy, leading to more effective learning and engagement.
We know early intervention in oral language development is key to changing educational outcomes of students, improving their readiness for learning and to take advantage of the opportunities education will afford them. OLI aims to change the trajectory of young people’s lives and their ability to find and maintain meaningful employment later in life.
The program is currently delivered in three Mooroopna public primary schools where we aim to increase student literacy skills and enable teachers to continue evidence-based literacy programs on an ongoing basis.
The Food Link meals program was established in response to the COVID-19 crisis affecting many families, businesses and others in the Greater Shepparton region.
The concept is simple! Food Link raised funds to pay local catering businesses doing it tough during the pandemic, to make meals for families and others in our community facing food insecurity.
A community member approached Greater Shepparton Foundation (GSF) with a desire to support local catering businesses during Stage 3 restrictions in 2020.
At the same time GSF was working with welfare agencies and other groups who support the vulnerable and understood food insecurity to be one of the most prevalent issues during the COVID-19 emergency.
Through consultation with representatives of our multicultural communities, Greater Shepparton Foundation responded to a gap in the communication of critical health and safety messages about COVID-19.
GSF provided a $5000 grant and joined with Uniting Settlement Support team to record videos covering crucial COVID-19 health and safety messaging in multiple languages.
Up to 80% of our refugees and new arrivals are illiterate in their own language, so understanding health and safety information in English was a barrier to them being able to protect themselves and their families during this emergency.
Greater Shepparton Foundation acknowledges it operates on the lands of the Yorta Yorta and Bangerang peoples. We thank the traditional owners for the opportunity to serve the community on their country. We honor and pay our respect to Elders and leaders, past, present and emerging. Through meaningful and genuine relationship, we will endeavor to put First Nations’ People first. We respectfully use the term “First Nations’ People” to honour all First Nations’ People who benefit from our activities and live on the Yorta Yorta and Bangerang.
PO Box 848
Shepparton, Vic, 3632
0410 561 934