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 period 29th August to 2nd September 2016.

What’s new…

Boxing at the PCYC, from Thursday 18th August, 11.30am-12.30pm for 8 weeks

New Boxing fitness sessions at the PCYC facilitated by Billy (Personal Trainer) will run for 1 hour from 11.30am-12.30pm every Thursday for 8 weeks.  Interested clients please call 9358 8170.  See flyer attached.

Self-Care & Resilience workshop, weekly at 11am-12.30pm

The Self-Care & Resilience workshop is a holistic program packed full of information, practical tips and strategies to increase and maintain well-being, self-awareness and build greater resilience. Focusing on areas such as physical, mental, and emotional health, we talk about physical activity, good posture, getting a good night’s sleep, patterns of thinking and feeling, self-esteem, personal boundaries and finish with a discussion about some of the ingredients of healthy relationships.  This program runs weekly in a small friendly group on Tuesdays 11am – 12.30, or can be arranged 1-on-1 by appointment by calling Richard, Living Skills Officer, (02) 9358 8153. Flyer is attached.

“Spirituality” program – 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th August at 10am

Tuesdays: Time to… Explore the Seasons

Come and join a conversation about loss, change and grief. Reflect on these human experiences against the backdrop of the seasonal changes- we see that nature renews life and landscape year after year. However, the renewal (spring) only comes after seasons of loss (autumn) and emptiness (winter). Could it be that the loss, change and grief that we experience in our lives are played out before us in the seasonal changes that we see in nature? Are there important insights and wisdom to be learned by reflecting on this? Tuesdays 10am-12 noon in the OLC.   Flyer attached.

OLC Gardening Course with Mel, on Wednesdays at 1pm – Always on – rain, hail or shine

The OLC’s Gardening Course  program aims to develop gardening skills to learn the use of local space to grow vegetables and herbs, companion planting and environmental sustainability and composting. The last day of course is on Wednesday 31st August and will be a special Tour of the Botanical Gardens.  Please see flyer attached.

What’s Coming up…

Photoshop course with Zoe – starting Wednesday 7th September, 10.30am-12.30pm for 8 weeks

The OLC presents an introductory 8-week workshop in Photoshop. This course is designed for the absolute beginner in a well-supported user friendly environment (flyer attached).  Please call 9358-8170 to register your interest.

Basic computing and Internet skills course with Zoe – starting Thursday 8th September, 10.30am-2pm for 6 weeks

This is a beginner’s course to build skills and confidence in computing.  Topics will include: 

- Basic Computer and internet skills

- Social Media

- Apps and Microsoft Office

- Using email
Classes will be held every Thursday from 10:30am-2pm for 6 weeks.  Please call 9358-8170 to register your interest.  Flyer attached.

What’s Back…

Interview Tutoring and Job Search Workshop on Thursdays

Jacqui will be back next week running her regular programmes on Thursdays with Interview Tutoring (By appointment) in the morning from 9am-12pm, and Job Search Workshop in the afternoon from 2-3:30pm. 

This week’s highlight…

Ability Links Info session with Peggy on Monday at 9:30am

Ability Links aims to assist people with disability to be valued as equal members of their communities and to help build a society where people with disability enjoy inclusive lives on all spheres. This session is open to all people with disability, families and carers.