What is the Ozanam Learning Centre?

The Ozanam Learning Centre (OLC) is an early intervention centre that supports people who are at imminent risk of homelessness or those who require social inclusion options to prevent them from falling into cycles of disadvantage and marginalisation. We are focused on producing sustainable pathways that provide people with skills, confidence, and opportunities. With an innovative approach, the OLC works with the community and our corporate partners to empower individuals and promote independent living.

The OLC aims to break the cycle of homelessness by supporting people to achieve their personal goals. We achieve this support through using a person-centred and strength based approach. We form trusting and professional relationships; facilitate referrals to case management and other comprehensive supports as needs are presented; provide access to accredited onsite education; offer recreational activities, and provide a holistic living skills program. The OLC shares an individual’s journey and helps to develop and grow the potential inside people.

Who can access this service?

All the OLC classes and activities are free to men and women 18 years and older who feel they require support. The classes include TAFE accredited courses, therapeutic and recovery based programs, living skills, tenancy focused training and professional services. The OLC runs over 40 activities per week, with approximately 120 people accessing the service daily.

Where is the service located?

The Ozanam Learning Centre is located at level 3, 99 Forbes Street, adjoined to the Matthew Talbot Hostel in Woolloomooloo, NSW. The Centre is open between 8.30am and 4pm from Monday to Friday, except on Public Holidays.

Who benefits from the Ozanam Learning Centre?

Anyone interested in education and learning opportunities but who may not be able to pay for training can benefit. Our programs particularly aim to prevent homelessness, sustain tenancies and help to stay or become connected with the community.

Can I volunteer for this service?

Yes!  Click this link and find out how you can assist http://www.vinnies.org.au/how-to-volunteer-for-matthew-talbot-hostel-nsw

How can I find out more?

For more information, please contact our centre reception on (02) 9358 8170

Ozanam Learning Centre weekly program of activities

Please find attached the Ozanam Learning Centre’s programme for the week

Please find attached the Ozanam Learning Centre’s programme for the 4-week period: 25 December 2017 to 19 January 2018 inclusive.


The Ozanam Learning Centre will be closed only on the Public Holidays over the Festive Period, ie – Monday 25th December (Christmas Day), Tuesday 26th December (Boxing Day) and Monday 1st January (New Year’s Day).

The Centre will be open on Wednesday 27th,  Thursday 28th and Friday 29th December but there will be limited activities available.


What’s new … in January

TUESDAYS:  TIME TO … Start a Fresh with Liz, will return on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 from 10am-12noon, for 4 Tuesdays (2, 9, 16 & 23 January)

A new year, new beginnings, possibilities of starting a fresh abound.  Small changes can add up to big ones, and every positive step you take can lead to health, balance and the fullness of life.  Come and explore how a fresh start can empower you and inspire others.  Tuesdays 2, 9, 16 and 23  January, 10-12 noon.  See flyer attached.


Tuesday 30th January  will be a low key session Tuesdays Time To… Chat and Chill over Coffee, with Liz.

Tuesdays: Time to…  will be a regular feature on the OLC program, exploring various aspects of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.  All welcome. 


Haircuts for Men on Friday 5th January with James & on Monday 15 January with Peter

James will be at the OLC on Friday 5th January from 9:30am-12:30pm and Peter on Monday 15th January from 9am-2pm to cut men’s hair.  Drop in on a first come, first-served basis.


Haircuts for Ladies on Monday 8th January with Brett, 9am-2pm, By appointment only

Brett will be at the OLC on Monday 8th January from 9am-2pm to cut ladies’ hair.  Please speak with OLC reception to book a time or call 9358 8170 for an appointment.  Flyer attached.


Special Needs Dental Service Monthly Information Desk, Wednesday 17th January, 2-4pm

Special Needs Dental Service Nurse will be at the OLC on 17 December from 2-4pm providing dental information and assessment for dental appointments.  No appointments necessary - just drop by.  The Special Needs Dental Service aims to improve the health and wellbeing of marginalised people experiencing homelessness, drug and alcohol or mental health issues. Eligibility/acceptance of referrals is assessed case by case and is influenced by individual circumstances, and current service demand/capacity.  For any further information please call OLC reception 9358 8170.  Flyer attached.


OLC programmes …

Cooking Classes on Tuesdays has stopped and will  return on 16 January (with Anna & Liz), 10am-12pm

Cooking Classes on Fridays has stopped and will return on 12 January (with Christine & Denise) 10am-12pm. 


Cat’s Closet is closed and will reopen Tuesday 9 January, 10am-12pm


Ladies Fitness Classes with Collin from 1-3pm will recommence on Tuesday 9 January.


The Financial Counsellor, Lin is away and will return on Tuesday 16 January


Peter, Counsellor is away and will return on Tuesday 6 February


Open Boxing Classes every Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-11am with Collin will return on 10th January


Job Support with Emma on Wednesday afternoons is unavailable until mid-January


Women’s Loft with Suzanne on Thursdays is on break and will return on Thursday 11 January, 10am-12pm


Women’s Social Lunch is on every Thursday from 12:30-1:30pm in the OLC

Women’s Social lunch every Thursday 12:30-1:30pm.  A comfortable space for ladies to come together over lunch. 


What’s coming up … in the New Year

Australian Hearing Monthly Desk, Monday 29th January, 10am-1pm

Finding it hard to hear? Australian Hearing will be at the OLC on Monday 29th January for free hearing tests.  Find out if you’re eligible to receive Government-subsidised hearing services. Discover the latest hearing devices and find out which one is right for you.  No need to book, just drop by.


Partners In Recovery (PIR) Monthly Info Desk on Tuesday 30th January, 1-4pm

Eastern Sydney Partners In Recovery (ESPIR) work together with people experiencing severe and persistent mental illness to access the services they need to support their recovery.  If you or someone you know live close to the Woolloomooloo area and could benefit from the Partners In Recovery program please visit or contact our team on 1800 035 626. 


Things coming to the employment program in February  2018 –

  •  New Computer Workshop commencing in February 2018.  A new 4-week Computer Workshop scheduled to start in February, run by Margaret and Peter, is designed to assist clients to build new computer skills, learn how to use word, manage passwords, internet banking, apply for a USI and much more.  These computer sessions are drop in – no appointment or registration necessary.  See attached flyer.
  • ‘Job readiness’ workshop
  • TAFE courses and more …


Songwriting Course coming in February/March.  How to write original music. For expressions of interest please speak with OLC reception or call 9358 8170/9358 8171.