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 week beginning 26th September 2016.

What’s new…

Menswatch - 2-Day Peer Support Training Event , Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th September; 10am – 3.30pm

We are delighted to be joining with HopeStreet to host Menswatch, an all-male 2-day peer support training event, engaging men in learning new skills, sharing experience, and building confidence in supporting each other with:

Personal issues, relationship difficulties, mental health problems, separation, grief and sharing in what helps.

The 2-day peer support training consists of:

● Presentations and information giving

● Group discussion

● Participants’ questions and feedback

Clients can simply turn up on the day, however will need to be in the room by 10.10am. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please encourage the men you support to attend – flyer attached.

Program Highlights…

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.