About us Our partners Department of Social Services In March we were advised by The Hon Dan Tehan MP Minister for Social Services that Firstchance was successful in securing a $300,000 grant over a three year period to fund the Karuah Hub project. This project was led by the Karuah Aboriginal Community and supported by Karuah Land Council, Awabakal and Birra-Li who wanted to reinvigorate the Karuah supported playgroup previously funded by the Department of Aging, Disability and Home Care (ADHC). The Karuah Community Hub provides essential child and family services by working alongside the community. Every Monday during school terms our team runs a supported playgroup that is relevant, responsive and culturally appropriate. Our Specialist Educators work alongside families to support children to meet their developmental milestones, build capacity, establish and maintain strong relationships with families and community partners, support transitions to preschool and school, and assist to maintain engagement. The program continues to grow from strength to strength. In Term 1, 2019 we added a home work centre that operates out of the Karuah Hub 2 afternoons per week. The attendance is overwhelming, the kids are getting help with their homework and our staff are getting revision in algebra, geometry and the like :) Term 1, 2019 also so the Hub partner with Hunter TAFE provide participants with vocational training.