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 20th to 24th February 2017.     

Please note that on Thursday 23rd February, the following programmes will not be running:  SMART, Women’s Loft, Cat’s Closet, Employment Club, Artroom, Gym and Music.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

Unfortunately, Tuesdays computer class with Margaret will not be on next week.

Next week’s highlights …

Men’s Haircuts  on Monday 20th February with Peter

Starting at 9am on a first-come, first-served basisBe early not to miss out.

Financial Counsellor, Chris on Monday 20th February from 1-2pm (by appointment only)

For anyone requiring assistance with Budgeting or any financial problems or questions please speak with OLC reception or call 9358 8170 to make an appointment with the financial counsellor.  Appointment times are 1pm and 1:30pm. 

Resume & Interview Workshop with Moir Group onTuesday 21st February, 9:30-11am

How to increase your chances to secure a job interview – this workshop, run by the Moir Group, will help ensure you have a well written resume that sells your skills and highlights what you can offer an employer. We will discuss how to create a plan so you know what your strengths are and what type of jobs you can apply for. Then we will talk through how to ensure you are well prepared for what will happen at the job interview and how to overcome any nerves. Contact 02-93588170 for more information or to register.  Flyer is attached with details.

Yoga Nidra, on Wednesday 22nd February, 2:30-3:15pm (last Wednesday of the Month)

Yoga Nidra is the best and easiest way of Relaxing Body and Mind through deep relaxation.  Open to both men and women.  Yoga Nidra takes place monthly at the OLC on the last Wednesday of the month. Flyer attached

What’s new … starting next week

NEW Juanita Nielsen Fitness Program with Collin, starting Tuesday 21st February on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays weekly for 6/7 weeks

A new one hour fitness program at the Juanita Nielsen Centre in Woolloomooloo is starting next Tuesday 21st February (10-11am) and will be weekly on Tuesdays (10-11am), Wednesdays & Fridays (9-10am). The program will run three times a week for 6-7 weeks. Both men and women are welcome. To register please contact Collin at the OLC or phone 9358 8170.  See attached flyer.

Gardening with Mel, Starting Wednesday 22nd February, 1:30-3:30pm – every Wednesday for 7 weeks

Gardening is returning on Wednesday 22nd February, 1:30-3:30pm, every Wednesday for 7 weeks, finishing on 5th April.  Learn and develop new skills for small spaces and sustainable gardening.  Always on – rain, hail or shine.  Flyer attached.

Learn how to make Videos with Maia, Starting Thursday 23rd February, 10am-2pm - every Thursday for 7 weeks

Learn different ways to tell stories by using simple audio visual techniques, effects and concepts.  Starting on Thursday 23 February for 7 weeks, finishing 6th April. Register your interest at OLC reception or call 9358 8170.  Flyer attached.

What’s Back …

“Tuesdays: Time For … Telling Tales”, started 7th February – for another 3 Tuesdays on 14th, 21st & 28th  February, 10am-12 noon

Come and enjoy listening to stories, creating and telling stories of your own whether they be true or otherwise. 

Facilitator:  Christine Carlton a Storyteller for Adults.  Started Tuesday 7th February for 4 Tuesdays.

Tuesdays: Time to…  is a regular feature on the OLC program, exploring various aspects of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.  All welcome.

Milkcrate Theatre Free Artistic Workshop Series – started on Tuesday 7 February to 11 April, 1:30-3:30pm, every Tuesday for 10 weeks

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 1 started 7 February, every Tuesday from 1:30-3:30pm.  

Drawing Studio with Gabrielle, started Friday 17th February, 10am-3pm - every Friday for 4 weeks.

Gabrielle’s Drawing Studio returned to the OLC on Friday 17th February for 4 Fridays from 10am-3pm.  This class provides clients with a great way to develop skills and their own creative style.  Flyer attached with details.

What’s Coming Up …

The OLC Men’s Space begins its six week program again on Monday 27th February.

The OLC Men’s Space is an open support group that provides a safe, supportive and inclusive space designed to help build trusting relationships between men that otherwise may not exist. The group takes a strength based, person centred approach, and views each group member as an expert in their own life.

Topics include: Our Identity as Men, Healthy and Unhealthy Supports, Relationships, Self-Esteem & Meaningful Activity, Men’s Health & Well-being, Humour & Self-Expression.

Please note: subjects such as anger and ways to manage it are discussed within week 5.

Men are encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings on the topics, expand on their past experiences, hopes for the future, and what is currently going on for them. Men are welcome to join any week. 

White Card Training Day, Thursday 2nd March, 8:30am-3pm

The OLC will be running its next White Card Training Day on Thursday 2nd March from 8.30am-3.00pm.  Please see attached flyer with all details of how to enrol.  Please note that participants need to be here at 8.30am for a 9am start.    For any further information please call 9358 8171/9358 8170.