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 Mathew 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 28th November to 2nd December 2016. 

DVDs are now available of this year’s Resilience Film Challenge. There are 19 short films of up to 5 minutes each on the DVD. The theme for this year was ‘Passion’.  Please email deborah.petlueng@vinnies.org.au for any enquires.

Program Highlights …

Yoga Nidra – Wednesday 30th November, 2:30-3:15pm

Yoga Nidra will be taking place at the OLC on the last Wednesday of every month starting Wednesday 30th November from 2:30-3:15pmYoga Nidra is the best and easiest way of Relaxing Body and Mind through deep relaxation.  Both men and women are welcome.  See attached flyer.

What’s Back…

Gabrielle’s Drawing Studioevery Friday all day for 3 weeks

On Friday 25th November Gabrielle’s popular Drawing Studio returned to the OLC in both morning (10am-12:30pm) and afternoon (1-3pm). This class provides clients with a great way to develop skills and their own creative style.  Gabrielle’s class will be running for 3 weeks every Friday morning and afternoon. Flyer attached with details.

What’s coming up …

Liver Life Research Program – Monday 5th , 6th, 13th December, 9am-1pm

The OLC in conjunction with the MTH Clinic, the Kirby Institute and NUAA (NSW Users & AIDS Association) is running a Liver Life Research Program in the OLC.  Participants will be able to access an on the spot Fibroscan to assess the health of their livers, will undergo blood tests to screen for Hepatitis, receive a free health check and are offered medical intervention and follow up.  This program commences from 9am – 1pm. See attached flyer.

“Tuesdays Time To … Contemplate Christmas”, Starting Tuesday 6th December, 10am-noon

An opportunity to consider, contemplate and celebrate what Christmas means for us in 2016 for 3 Tuesdays in December.  Tuesday 10am-12 noon in the OLC, 6th, 13th and 20th December.  All are welcome as we creatively explore the festive season in meaningful ways. (Flyer attached)

Tuesdays Time to… Will return in January with Tuesdays Time To… Start a Fresh.

What’s new…

Milk Crate Theatre Workshop, “Cabaret” every Monday,  1:30-3:30pm, for the next 2 weeks

The OLC is pleased to present Milk Crate’s Workshop “Cabaret” every Monday afternoon from 7 November to 5 December.  Come along to the “Cabaret” and create a character.  This Workshop is open to anyone that has experienced or is at risk of experiencing homelessness.  To find out more please call (02) 9698 7133Attached is flyer with details.

Intro to Photoshop with Zoe – Every Wednesday, 10:30am-12:30pm

This photoshop course is designed for the absolute beginner - no prior experience required.  Places are still available for anyone still interested in joining the course.  Please call 9358 8170 for enquiries.  Flyer attached.

Cat’s Closet: Clothing for Women –Every Thursday, 10:30am-12:30pm

The OLC, in partnership with Thread Together, is happy to announce the start of a new service for women.  “Cat’s Closet’, is open every Thursday from 10:30am-12:30pm where women can choose from a range of free brand new clothing, shoes and accessories. This is located on Level 4 of the OLC Building (see attached flyer).

Next Week’s Highlight…

Special Needs Dental Service, Monthly Information Desk - Starting Friday 2nd December, 2-3pm

Commencing Friday 2nd December the Special Needs Dental Service will be at the OLC on the first Friday of every month from 2-3pm with an Information Desk to answer any questions. It is a free dental service provided by Mission Australia in Surry Hills available for those with special needs including homelessness, drug and alcohol or mental health issues.  For any further information please contact Greg at the OLC on 9358 8156.