Community Gro Linking to School’s program and community project focuses on improving the engagement and attendance of children aged 5-12 years in the Townsville West area (Garbutt, Aitkenvale, Heatley, West End, Currajong, Gulliver, and Vincent).
This project has supported families to work on the issues resulting in a lack of engagement, attendance and school, with the result to re-enter school and engage consistently in the school community.
Referrals are identified by the school as families who are enrolled but not engaging in school, or children who have reduced attendance at school. Family Support Workers will meet with families to develop a case plan, and work through the issues identified by the family and school, to achieve an increase in attendance and active engagement in the school.
The focus has been on supporting families to reduce the barriers to attendance at school and support a relationship with the school community, in order to provide continued support to the family when the project is completed.