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 24th to 28th October 2016. 

What’s new…

Group English Conversation Class with Anna now on;  Mondays from 9am-12pm.

Wish to improve your English conversation?  No need to register – just drop in to this informal class on Monday mornings from 9am-12pm with Anna.

OLC Gardening Course with Mel, started Wednesday 12th October, 1pm-3:30pm  – Always on – rain, hail or shine

The OLC’s new Gardening Course aims to develop gardening skills to learn use of local space to grow vegetables and herbs, companion planting and environmental sustainability and composting. Classes conducted indoors on bad weather. This is an 8-week course, please see flyer attached.

Basic Computer & Internet Skills Course – 6 week course starting Thursday 27th October, 10:30am-2pm with Zoe

This is a beginner’s course  to build skills & confidence in computing.  Topics covered include:- · Basic computer and internet skills,  Social Media, Apps & Microsoft office, Using email.   No booking required – just come on the day.

Program Highlights…

Nidra Yoga, a special event to highlight Mental Health Awareness Month, Wednesday 26th October & 2 November 2:30-3:15pm

Yoga Nidra is the best and easiest way of Relaxing Body and Mind through deep relaxation.  Both men and women welcome. 

Massage Therapy (for women) with Maxine on Thursday 27 October & 3 November (by appointment).  Please call 9358 8170 to book a spot.

Employment Course – Selection Criteria Writing, Wednesday 26th October, 10-11:30am with Jacqui

Needing assistance with applications for jobs.  A practical hands-on course to teach you how to interpret, write and adapt job applications.  Please call Jacqui on 9358 8119 if you wish to put your name down and attend.

What’s coming up …

Resilience Film Challenge – Information Session on Monday 24th October at 11am

Want to make a movie?  Want to see it on the big screen?  We are looking for individuals to take part in this 5-day Film Challenge, Monday 24th to Friday 28th October daily from 9am-4pm.  You will be guided and supported by a professional filmmaker; beginners are encouraged to attend. See attached flyer with all details.  To register please call 9358-8170 or email OLC@vinnies.org.au

Intro to Photoshop Course7-week course starting Wednesday 2nd November, 10:30am-12:30pm with Zoe

This course is designed for the absolute beginner.  No prior experience required.  For expressions of interest please call 9358 8170 to put your name down as there are limited spaces available.  

White Card Training Day – Thursday 3rd November, 8.30am-3pm

The OLC will be running its next White Card Training Day on Thursday 3rd November 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.

Week’s Highlights …

Hairdresser for Women on Monday, 24th October from 1:30-3pm.  Want a new haircut/hairstyle?  Please call 9358-8170 to book in a time with our professional hairdresser.