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 23rd to 27th October 2017.


Week’s highlights …

Time to Shine, A Women's Empowerment Program, on Tuesday 24th October (WEBINAR) and Friday 27th October

Time to Shine … a journey towards feeling more empowered.  This program aims to build self-esteem, challenge the inner critic, develop assertive communication skills and explore purpose and meaning. 


Tuesdays Time to … “Listen with the Ear of the Heart” returned on Tuesday 17th October at 10am

An opportunity to listen and be heard in a safe, welcoming circle,  offering  connection and acceptance as we together listen with the ear of our heart.   Come once or come often. 

All are welcome to this gentle listening space on Tuesday 17th, 24th 31st October and 7th, 14th and 21st November at 10am in the OLC.  Flyer attached.


Milkcrate Theatre Free Artistic Workshop Series –ROUND FOUR, from Tuesday 10 October to 12 December, every Tuesday for 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 Workshop Round four. 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.   Flyer attached.


Haircuts for Ladies with Wanda, Thursday 26 October, 9:30-2pm (By appointment)

Wanda will be in the OLC on Thursday 26 October to provide Haircuts for Women.  Spaces are limited so hurry and book a spot by telephoning 02-9358 8170 or speak with OLC reception.


What’s new …

Sketch Club with Alistair, starting Wednesday 25 October, every Wednesday all day from 10am-3pm

Starting Wednesday 25 October Alistair will be running Sketch club in the Artroom every Wednesday all day from 10-3pm.  No need to register – just turn up.


Computer Support every Thursday afternoon from 1-3pm and Friday morning 9:30-11am

Two new facilitated computer classes to provide support to clients requiring assistance have started at the OLC.  Just drop in.  Every Thursday afternoon from 1-3pm and Friday morning from 9:30-11am in addition to Tuesday and Wednesday morning computer help classes.  See attached flyer.


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

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


What’s coming up …

NEW– Cooking class on Tuesdays starting 31 October at 10:00am, every Tuesday.


Wednesdays Cooking Class is returning on Wednesday 1st November at 10:00am with Kerry and Marilyn. 

Every Wednesday.  No need to register, just turn up.


Haircuts for Men with James, Friday 3 November, 9am-12pm

James will be here at the OLC on Friday 3 November to do haircuts for Men.  First-come, first served.  Be early so as not to miss out.  No appointment necessary. 


Resume and Interview Workshop on Tuesday, 14 November, 9:30-11am

This Moir Group Workshop provides tips and strategies for writing a winning resume and preparing for an interview.  Please call 9358 8170 to register your expression of interest.  Flyer attached with details.


Financial Counsellor

Financial Counsellor is away and will be back in the OLC on Tuesday 14 November for appointments.  Please call 9358 8170 to book a time. Two time slots available at 10am & 10:30am.