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 22nd to 26th May 2017. 


Next week’s highlights

LAST ONE - Living Well, Living Hep Free, on Monday 22nd May, 1pm-3pm

The OLC is hosting the Hepatitis NSW’s “Living Well, Living Hep Free” event over the next two Monday afternoons (see attached flyer). 


We will be offering a combination of education and information about Hepatitis along with FREE clinical screening and testing for Hepatitis and a FibroScan of your liver.  On offer on the day -

  • Understanding Hepatitis – busting old myths, the new treatment on offer plus a take-home information pack.

  • Your diet, your liver and keeping healthy.

  • FREE FibroScan of your liver – like an ultrasound but specifically used to check your liver health.

  • FREE quick and easy blood test for Hepatitis.

  • FREE follow-up’s with the GP and clinical teams at the Matthew Talbot Hostel Clinic or the Kirketon Road Centre.

  • FREE referrals for Hep B vaccinations (if applicable).


Whilst we will happily take walk in’s on the day, preference will be given to those who book in advance.  Please call 93588170 or email olc@vinnies.org.au to secure a position.


Haircuts - for men Monday, 22nd May from 9am-12:30pm

Haircuts – for women Monday 22nd 1:30-4pm

Haircuts for men at the OLC on Monday 22nd May, 9am-12pm.  Just drop in – first-come, first-served.  No appointments. 

Haircuts for ladies on Monday 22nd May, 1:30-4pm.  By appointments only.  Flyers attached.


LAST ONE: Tuesdays: Time to … Journey Inwards, on Tuesday 23rd May, 10am-12noon with Liz

Tuesdays Time To... Journey Inwards.  Images speak more loudly than words.  Come and explore your journey with reflection, drawing, discussion and dialogue with the creative 3-week program facilitated by Colleen O'Sullivan rsj.  Tuesdays 10 am - 12 noon, 9th, 16th and 23rd May in the OLC. Flyer attached.


Touch Footy Game, Every Tuesday, 2-3pm in the Domain

OLC, in collaboration with PCYC, is running Touch Footy Games every Tuesday afternoon at 2pm in the Domain.  Please see attached flyer with details and map of how to get there.  For any enquiries, please speak to Chica or call OLC reception on 9358 8170. 


Video Workshop with Maia, 11th May to 22nd June, 10am-2pm, Every Thursday for 7 weeks

Learn different ways to tell stories by using simple audio visual techniques, effects and concepts in this 7-week workshop.  Flyer attached with details.


What’s coming up …

OLC MUSIC SHOW 2017 – TUESDAY 30th MAY, 1-4pm

You are invited to the OLC Music Show 2017. We look forward to showcasing the music talent that is part of our vibrant community here at the Ozanam Learning Centre. Please come along and support our local talent. Please save the date in your calendar.  We hope to see you there.




What’s back …

NEW CAT’S CLOSET  (Clothing for Ladies) - Tuesday 23rd May, 10am-12 noon, (Open to non-cardholders & new clients)

The New Cat’s Closet reopened on Tuesday 2nd May with new guidelines. 

  • The first Tuesday of the month New Cat’s Closet is open to Card Membership Holders.

  • the 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the month New Cat’s Closet will be open to referred clients only.

  • the last Tuesday of the month it is an open day to non-members and non-referred clients.


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.  


Drawing Studio with Gabrielle, From Friday 5th May for 8 weeks, 9:30am-12:30pm, Every Friday morning

This class provides clients with a great way to develop skills and their own creative style.  Started Friday 5th May, every Friday for 8 weeks, 9:30am-12:30pm.


Ability Links Information Session, Friday 26th April, 9:30-10:30am

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.


Feedback Friday, Friday 26th May, 2-3pm (last Friday of the month)

Service users are invited to attend and provide their feedback on the services and activities offered at the OLC and to contribute any ideas.