WHAT WE DO 2017-07-10T11:49:47+00:00


Working in partnership with identified disadvantaged communities, we support them to refocus efforts to deliver high quality early childhood and school programs – and integrate health, community services and adult education and training from the universal platform of a school.


The State Government and Colman Foundation are working together to roll out “Our Place ” in disadvantaged schools in Carlton, Westall, Geelong, Morwell and other areas – in an arrangement that builds on what has been learned at Doveton College.

In order to reduce entrenched and multi-generational disadvantage in such areas, the long term ongoing involvement and partnership with communities, Local, State and Federal Government agencies, and philanthropy is critical to achieve success.

The key aim is to create a place where the community is strengthened and individual and community self-worth and pride is attainable.

  • The community shows its members that they aren’t “locked out” by the way their life has gone – that postcode is not destiny.

  • Children access high quality teaching and learning programs from birth.

  • Families access a range of health and community supports they need to raise their children well.

  • Adults improve their numeracy, literacy, skills and employment readiness.

  • The existing service system is integrated and strengthened (in co-design with service providers) and the community; made family-centred; services delivered from the school with a focus on quality outcomes. Services are more flexible, person and family oriented with improved accountability.


At a place-based individual school level support the reorientation of the existing service system for young children and families ensuring that:

  • Children from birth living in communities with high rates of vulnerability have access to the support they need to improve their learning and development outcomes.

  • Adults raising children have access to a suite of support they identify as needed including further education, training and job support