Out of Home Care (OOHC)
About Community Education Liaison Program (Out-Of-Home Care Support Projects)
The Community Education Liaison Program delivers access and retention projects to support students from equity groups with their educational aspirations. These projects are delivered on-campus by Office of Widening Participation staff and student ambassadors at no cost to participants. The Community Education Liaison team works closely with community agencies and organisations to improve outcomes for supported students.
Uni Taster Days
Uni Taster Days provide care leavers and young people (15+) in OOHC with the opportunity to experience the university environment, gain knowledge regarding tertiary study and engage with current university students and staff within a supportive environment. Each Uni Taster Day event is developed to provide a unique educative experience while also providing participants with information regarding topics such as pathways to university, on-campus accommodation, scholarships and other university supports. Participants receive a tour of the campus, morning tea and lunch and an education/gift pack. Carers, siblings and case workers are welcome to attend.
Boost Club is comprised of regular on-campus workshops designed for young people (15+) with a care experience who are considering higher education and want assistance to build self-awareness, knowledge and capacity. Workshop content will incorporate a range of engaging and experiential educative activities and will focus on developing the following: An awareness of participant strengths and higher education options Knowledge regarding available assistance and supports Skills that will enable a successful transition into higher education. Boost Clubs workshops are provided after school from 4pm-6pm fortnightly on Western Sydney University’s Kingswood and Parramatta South campuses. Carers and case workers are welcome to attend.
Transition to Education (T2HE) Planning Sessions
T2HE Planning Sessions consist of interactive support meetings whereby prospective students are assisted as needed with application processes relating to tertiary study, scholarships, on-campus accommodation and other aspects of university life. T2HE Planning Sessions are delivered in a 1-2 hour, individual or small group face-to-face meetings which can then be followed up with further support as needed via phone or email.
U1st consists of on-campus small group discussion forums with Western Sydney University care leaver students. These meetings will provide a safe and supportive environment for care leavers to engage with each other and university staff about a range of topics. This project is designed to provide targeted assistance to care leavers in pursuit of their study and career aspirations. U1st focuses on the following: Providing a forum for care leaver students to engage with each other and to have their voices heard Organising care leaver student engagement with requested support services Building care leaver student knowledge and capacity in regards to study and career aspirations
Recognising the need to raise awareness about higher education options and supports amongst young people in care, carers and OOHC support staff, Western Sydney University’s Community Education Liaison (OOHC) Program participates in a range of community events with the aim of raising aspirations and building capacity relating to opportunities within higher education.