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 two-week period, 27th March to 7th April 2017.     

What’s NEW ….

Touch Footy Game, Started Tuesday 21 March, every Tuesday from 4pm in the Domain

OLC, in collaboration with PCYC, is running Touch Footy Games every Tuesday afternoon at 4pm in the Domain, or meet at OLC at 3:45pm and walk to Domain.  Please see attached flyer with details and map of how to get there.  For any enquiries, please speak to Chica or call OLC reception on 9358 8170. 

Boxing for Women, Starting Wednesday 29th March, 10-11am for 8 weeks

New program, Boxing for Women at the PCYC in Woolloomooloo, every Wednesday from 10am-11am for 8 weeks starting 29 March.  To register your interest or for enquiries please see OLC reception or call 9358 8170.  Flyer is attached with details.

A new counsellor, Carlos, is commencing at the OLC on Wednesday 29th March, for  general counselling as well as drug and alcohol counselling.  Appointments with Carlos will be every Wednesday starting at 9am.  Please call 93588170 or speak to OLC reception to make a booking.

Gambling Counselling sessions are now on Friday mornings from Friday 31st March.  Appointment times will be at 10am and 11an.  Please speak to or call OLC reception on 9258 8170.

Tuesdays Time To… Forgive, starting Tuesday 4th April for 4 Tuesdays, 10am-12pm.

Explore how forgiveness can transform your life and our world, even in small ways.  Journey along the Fourfold Path of forgiveness: Telling the Story; Naming the Hurt; Granting Forgiveness; and Renewing or Releasing the Relationship. This journey to forgiveness requires honesty, an open mind and heart, and a willingness to give it a go.  Exploring forgiveness has the potential to change your life for the better.
Based on the work of Desmond and Mpho Tutu published in "The Book of Forgiving" and "The 30 Day Forgiveness Challenge" these four weeks will allow you to understand what forgiveness is and is not as well as to challenge yourself to forgive or be forgiven, small or big hurts, from your recent or distant past, all within a small supportive group.

10am -12 noon Tuesdays 4, 11, 18 April and 2 May in the OLC.  For more information please contact Elizabeth Lee, Pastoral Care Officer at Matthew Talbot Hostel 9358 8103.  Flyer attached.

Social Media course with Zoe, starting Thursday 6th April for 4 Thursdays, 10:30am-12:30pm

Every Thursday for 4 weeks, starting 6th April, Zoe is back with the Social Media Course.   Become confident with using: email communication, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google & others.  Please see attached flyer with details.  To register your interest please call 9358 8170.

Computer Club, every afternoon, Monday-Friday, 1pm-3pm

In addition to Computer Help on Tuesday & Wednesday mornings (10am-12:30pm), the OLC is now offering a Computer Club every afternoon (Monday-Friday) 1-3pm.  Clients can get help with computer tasks such as, seeking employment, setting up and managing email, writing a letter and basic computer skills.

Program highlights …

LAST ONE - Tuesdays Time To… Share Story, Movement and Silence, on Tuesday 28 March, 10am-12pm with Liz

Telling our story creatively is fun and surprising.  Relax, find voice, move, have silence, find insight, seek healing through InterPlay
Tuesday March 28, 2017 10am to 12 noon in the OLC with Fr Peter Maher (Parish Priest at St Joseph’s Newtown) an InterPlay Facilitator.

For more information please contact Elizabeth Lee, Pastoral Care Officer at Matthew Talbot Hostel 9358 8103.  Flyer attached.

Milkcrate Theatre Free Artistic Workshop Series – Round One every Tuesday, 1:30-3:30pm.

Come and explore your creative side in a relaxed, social environment at Milk Crate Theatre’s Open Door Creative Arts Workshops. In 2017, participants will work with a wide variety of artists and art forms. Each ten week round will feature a new theme, topic or art form followed by a community sharing to showcase the work created in the workshops. Open to anyone that identifies with having a lived experience of homelessness, who feel vulnerable, marginalised and disadvantaged. 

Round One - 7 February to 11 April, every Tuesday from 1:30-3:30pm.  

LAST TWO - Gardening with Mel, On Wednesday 29 March and 5 April, 1:30-3:30pm

Last two gardening sessions on Wednesday afternoon, 29 March & 5 April, 1:30-3:30pm.  Learn and develop new skills for small spaces and sustainable gardening.  Always on – rain, hail or shine.  Just turn up.  

Learn how to make Videos with Maia – Every Thursday, 23 February to 13 April, 10am-2pm

Learn different ways to tell stories by using simple audio visual techniques, effects and concepts.  Thursdays, from 23 February to 13 April.  For enquiries please call 02-9358 8170. 

Cat’s Closet – Every Thursday 10:30am-12:30pm

Brand new clothing for women.  To access this free service clients should be unwaged and in need of support.  Access limited to 1 visit per month and 5 items per visit.  Please see attached flyer with details.

Counselling sessions with Suzanne, Wednesday mornings from 9am and Thursday afternoons from 1pm, by appointment

Suzanne is available for counselling appointments on Wednesday mornings; hourly appointments from 9:30am, and Thursday afternoons from 1pm. To book an appointment please call 9358 8170 or speak to OLC reception.