The Hunter Outreach Project aims are quite simple:
To assist families who have children under the age of 18 who are requiring some extra support.
To design, deliver and support strength-based programs in collaboration with families and community.
To encourage and support families to identify and achieve personal goals.
To promote families sense of belonging in their own communities.
Caravans have been used as a form of accommodation for hundreds of years. In more recent times in Australia caravan parks were intended for travellers or tourists, and it was not until the mid 1980s that it became legal in NSW to live permanently in a caravan park. The increase in the number of permanent residents has been influenced by a range of factors, including:
the decrease in housing affordability
the reduction in public housing
increasing numbers of retirees seeking residential communities, especially in coastal areas
the increase in number of manufactured-home villages
the introduction of the NSW Residential Parks Act 1998.
The Hunter Outreach Project believes that families have assets and strengths, and our community team works with families to develop these assets and strengths to help build communities.
Further information on caravan parks and their communities is available in the PDF About Caravan Parks.