Services covering the City of Greater Dandenong,
City of Casey and Cardinia Shire
Dandenong Education Program
The Dandenong Education program has been running for over 10 years. It is a free service that specialises in offering weekly social, emotional and academic support to students from all walks of life. Over 50 volunteers work each week with up to 150 students from backgrounds that include refuges, new migrants and disadvantaged families. The program is framed through the theory of a “growth mindset” and runs every Saturday morning during government school terms. During Covid restrictions the program has moved online and is running twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday form 3.45-5pm.
Reconnect is a Victorian Government funded program that provides wrap around support services to help vulnerable people to ease back into education, training and employment.
People registered with Reconnect are supported to access suitable training opportunities with a broad range of providers including Learn Locals, and private RTO, not only TAFE.
We have a team of five Reconnect Pathways Officers, who work collaboratively with other agencies to provide wrap around supports for Reconnect clients.
After developing a trusting relationship with each client, we work together to plan a suitable individual pathway through education and training. We arrange regular one-to-one meetings to assess learning and non-learning needs and career goals; identify barriers to successful engagement/make referrals to suitable supports; develop a learning, achievement and pathway plan; and support students transitioning to employment or further education.