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 11th to 15th July 2016.


Please note that from 10th June the Money Wise class has been moved to Fridays until 26 August.


What’s new…

“Spirituality” program – Tuesday 12th & 19th July at 10am

Tuesdays: Time to… Grow Gratefulness

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow”

Come and experience, deepen and share the power of living gratefully.  Open to the fullness of the present moment.  Grateful living is a way of life which asks us to notice all that is already present and abundant – from the tiniest things of beauty to the grandest of our blessings – and in so doing, to take nothing for granted. We can learn to focus our attention on, and acknowledge, that life is a gift.

Tuesdays 10-12 noon. Starting Tuesday 12th July for 2 Tuesdays.


Resume & Computer workshop, Mondays 1-3pm

Need help writing a resume, cover letter and job applications? Or need general computer help? Come to the NEW Resume and Computer Workshop with Andrew. No need to book, just come along on the day. Any questions, please contact Reception on 9358 8170.  See attached flyer.

What’s Coming up…

OLC Gardening Course with Mel, starting Wednesday 13 July at 1pm.

The OLC is introducing a new Gardening Course, the program aims to develop gardening skills to  learn use of local space to grow vegetables and herbs, companion planting and environmental sustainability and composting. This is an 8-week course, please see flyer attached.

Moir Group – Resume Workshop – 26th July at 9:30am

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 Reception (9358 8170) for more information.  See flyer attached.

TAFE Basic Computing and Internet course Information Day, Wednesday 27th July @ 10am

TAFE outreach is holding an Information and Enrolment Day at the OLC at 10am on 27th July for the Basic Computing and Internet Course.  Just show up – no booking required.  Please see attached flyer for details.

The week’s highlight…

Ability Links Info session with Peggy 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.

Haircuts for Women on Monday 11th July from 9am-2pm (by appointment only).  Please call 02-9358 8170 to make an appointment.


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