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 26th to 30th June 2017. 


Next Tuesday, 27th June, Sydney Homeless Connect 2017 organised by the City of City is on at the Sydney Town Hall from 10am-2pm

Sydney Homeless Connect is a yearly one-day event at Sydney Town Hall connecting people who are homeless or experiencing homelessness with the services and support they need. It is powered 100% by volunteers, donations, and kindness.


What’s New …

Financial Counsellor is returning to the OLC starting Tuesday 27th June, from 10-11am, by appointment, every Tuesday

Please call OLC reception on 9358 8170 to book an appointment.  Appointment times are half-hourly at 10am and 10.30am.


Next week’s highlights

Haircuts for Men on Monday, 26th, 9-2pm and Friday 27th, 9am-12pm

Haircuts for men on both Monday and Friday next week.  Just drop in, no appointments.  First come, first served.  Be early so you don’t miss out.


Tuesdays Time To… Step into a Labyrinth, for another 2 Tuesdays, on 27 June and 4 July from 10am-12noon

Come, pause, imagine and explore life.  The twists and turns of the Labyrinth are like those we encounter in life: we think we are going in one direction, but suddenly we are turned around and find ourselves going the opposite way. 

You will have the opportunity to walk, colour and make a labyrinth, reflecting upon your own story, feelings and life experiences through fun activities and in a safe environment.  See flyer attached.


Milkcrate Theatre Free Artistic Workshop Series –ROUND TWO, every Tuesday until 4th July (10 weeks), 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 Two – 2 May to 4 July, every Tuesday from 1:30-3:30pm.  


Computer Help Classes, drop in, every Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 10am-12:30pm

Just drop in, no registrations required.  Beginners welcome.  These classes are for anyone needing access to a computer for typing up resumes, projects, accessing email, social media and jobsearching.  Assistance is also provided for anyone requiring computer help with basic computer skills:  setting up email accounts, social media, internet searches, and how to navigate sites.  Flyer attached.


Women’s Loft with Suzanne, every Thursday, 10am-12pm

A supportive, safe and inclusive space for women to come together to share their stories, challenges, hopes and dreams with other women. The program contributes to improved social and recovery participation for women experiencing disadvantage.


Counselling sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays with Carlos, Suzanne and Peter

For clients wishing to see a Counsellor, please call OLC reception on 9358 8170/9358 8171 to make an appointment.


Programme Changes

CAT’S CLOSET  - NEW GUIDELINES FOR ACCESS (Clothing for Ladies)  - See attached flyer.