Wingate Avenue Community Centre was established in 1985 and is based on a larger ministry of housing estate in Ascot Vale with a high unemployment rate. The centre offers education, training and occasional childcare combined with social and recreation programs.
This project was done by a cluster of six neighbourhood centres in inner North Melbourne, lead by Wingate Avenue Community Centre. They delivered low-level financial literacy programs to newly arrived migrants and refugees as part of introductory English classes.
Wingate adapted existing financial literacy resources to create a range of low-level print, audio-visual and e-learning programs [available here]. The project reached 680 people in the first 18 months via 250 classroom sessions and two larger forums. Topics covered day-to-day issues such as electronic banking, bill payment, budgeting, credit and debt.
The project was evaluated by First Person Consulting. [evaluation report available here]
$100,000 over 18 months