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 here and find out how you can assist.

How can I find out more?

For more information, please contact our centre reception on (02) 9358 8170, email us at olc@vinnies.org.au, or subscribe to our mailing list below for regular updates.

 

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Here are our Programs & Activities

 

  • Whats On

    Whats On

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  • Creative Projects

    Creative Projects

    The OLC Music Program encourages self‐expression while providing an emotional outlet. Through music, we want to see people discover creative and positive outlets that act as a catalyst for real and lasting change. CURRENT MUSIC PROGRAM FLYERS Band Jam...

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  • Health & Wellbeing

    Health & Wellbeing

    The Health & Wellbeing program aims to provide meaningful and satisfying activities with a focus on positive mental health. CURRENT HEALTH & WELLBEING FLYERS Restorative Yoga Thai Chi OLC Information Desks The OLC Fitness Program provides the...

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  • Employment & Training

    Employment & Training

    People most at risk of (or experiencing) homelessness don’t have easy access to training and Education. By offering free TAFE accredited courses, the OLC is providing options that allow people to empower themselves. CURRENT TRAINING & EDUCATION...

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  • Life skills

    Life skills

    The OLC living skills program provides a holistic approach to developing skills needed for successful independent living. CURRENT LIVING SKILLS FLYERS Life Admin & Organisation Urban Gardening The Social Engagement program aims to provide holistic...

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  • Therapeutic

    Therapeutic

    The OLC provides a range of services and support to people whose lives have been affected by addiction and mental health issues. CURRENT THERAPEUTIC PROGRAM FLYERS Narcotic Anonymous Anxiety Support Group Gambling Counselling SMART Recovery

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