We support children who face barriers to education, teaching them life skills that allow them to re-engage in learning.
We run an early intervention nurturing program for children in Prep to Grade 5 who are at risk of disengaging from education. We partner with primary schools to support the social, emotional and physical development of these children through the development of key life skills.
2nd Year Mentoring
Once children have completed an initial year at Mimi’s House they are matched with a trained and screened mentor. Mentors work with our children to further develop resilience, reinforce lessons learnt the previous year and build a safe and consistent relationship with an appropriate trustworthy adult.
Our family liaison develops positive relationships with the families of children who attend the program offering support and mentoring. Families are offered assistance and referred to relevant support agencies when suitable.
Over the 6 years Mimi's House has been operating our evaluation data has demonstrated that we positively impact the lives of our children. In 2018, we partnered with the University of Queensland to further develop how we capture this impact, including exploring the long-term benefits of our program for children, their families and the wider community.
200 children reached
80% improvement in school attendance
85% improvement in classroom behaviour
Increased classroom participation and engagement
After years of youth and student support work in schools as chaplains, founders Grant and Kym Austin noticed that many of the children sent out of class were not 'bad' or 'dumb' kids but were simply children who were dealing with the impact of personal trauma. In 2012 they established Mimi’s House through Hope Centre Services as a direct response to a local community need for support services for children who are at risk of disengaging from education.
Since then, over 200 children have benefitted from the program, many of whom are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.