First Building Connections Development Framework workshop kicked off!

On 7 May 2020, the inaugural Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs Development Framework workshop was successfully held online.

Project team photo at Building Connections first workshop

Project team at the workshop

On 7 May 2020, the Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs ARC Linkage Project team delivered an ambitious stakeholder workshop via Zoom.

Originally planned as a face-to-face workshop in Brisbane, the move to a virtual format enabled the participation of 30 high-profile stakeholders from around Australia. Participants included government representatives, school leadership, hub coordinators, planners, architects, health and human services providers, community groups, and a range of NGOs. The interactive workshop shifted between whole group mode and small group activities in virtual breakout rooms, highlighting how technology can remove geographical barriers and support collaborative endeavour at a time of physical distancing.

This stakeholder workshop was the first of six that will inform the proposed Schools as Community Hubs Development Framework and address the planning, design, governance, management and use of shared or co-located facilities on school sites. The Development Framework will offer practical guidelines for navigating the ‘obstacle course’ that stakeholders commonly encounter when undertaking ‘hub’ projects.

We extend our thanks to everyone who contributed their time and insights to this workshop.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more about future workshops.  In the meantime, keep well and keep connected!

More Information

Dr Philippa Chandler

building-connections@unimelb.edu.au