WHAT WE DO 2017-09-21T10:45:33+00:00


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


To work in partnership with identified disadvantaged communities and 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 and other identified 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 responsive 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; operates in a family-centered way; with services delivered from the school with a focus on quality outcomes. Services are more flexible, person and family oriented with improved accountability.

The implementation steps at a local site level include:

  • Establishing governance structures including local agency partnership arrangements

  • Defining and evidencing what is known and what is needed

  • Development of a shared vision and defining the service delivery model

  • Business planning and operational components

  • Provision of advice and assistance to support the design and build phase (if necessary)

  • Supporting the implementation on site – enables the agreed service delivery model to be delivered

  • Developing and implementing the “Our Place” evaluation framework at the site level to monitor outcome achievement over time