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 the week 23rd to 27th January 2017.     

The OLC will be closed on Thursday, 26th January (Australia Day holiday).

Please refer to attached flyer for changed conditions of entry to Cat’s Closet on Thursdays, 10:30am-12:30pm, effective 19th January 2017.

What’s Back …

Tuesday’s cooking class with Charlie, 10am-12pm

Counselling with Peter, is returning on Tuesday 31st January at 9:30 & 11am. Bookings essential.  Please call 9358 8170 to make an appointment. 

Wednesday’s cooking class will resume on Wednesday 1st February 2017, 10am-12pm.  No bookings required.  Just turn up.

Next week’s Highlights …

Financial Counsellor, Monday 23rd  January at 1pm & 1:30pm appointment times

For any financial advice or budgeting assistance please call 9358 8170 to book an appointment with the Financial Counsellor on Monday 23 January from 1pm.

“Tuesdays: Time To … Start a Fresh”, Tuesday 24th  & 31st January, 10am-12 noon

A new year, new beginnings, possibilities of starting a fresh abound.  Small changes can add up to big ones, and every positive step you take can lead to health, balance and the fullness of life.  Come and explore how a fresh start can empower you and inspire others.  All welcome.

For another two Tuesdays:  24 and 31 January, 10-12 noon.  (Flyer attached)

Yoga Nidra,  Wednesday 25th January (last Wednesday of the month) from 2:30-3:15pm

Yoga Nidra is the best and easiest way of Relaxing Body and Mind through deep relaxation.  Open to both men and women.  Yoga Nidra takes place monthly at the OLC on the last Wednesday of the month (flyer attached).

Feedback Friday, Friday 27th January 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.

What’s Coming Up … in February

Computer Basics with Zoe, a 6-week course starting Thursday 2nd February, 10am-12pm

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 on Thursdays from 10am-12pm for 6 weeks starting 2 February until 9 March 2017.  Please call OLC reception on 9358-8170 to register your interest (see attached flyer).

Special Needs Dental Service, Monthly Information Desk - Friday 3rd February, 2-3pm

Special Needs Dental Service will be at the OLC for its monthly visit on Friday 3rd February from 2-3pm with an Information Desk to answer any questions. It is a free dental service provided by Mission Australia in Surry Hills available for those with special needs including homelessness, drug and alcohol or mental health issues.  For any further information please contact Greg at the OLC on 9358 8156.  Flyer attached with details.

Ability Links Information Session, Friday 3rd February, 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.

Milkcrate Theatre Free Artistic Workshop Series - Round 1 – starting on Tuesday 7 February to 11 April , 1:30-3:30pm for 10 weeks

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 1 starts 7 February, every Tuesday until 11 April from 1:30-3:30pm.   See attached flyer for more information.

Haircuts for Men, Monday 6th & 20th February, from 9am

First come, first-served -  See attached flyer for details.

Hairdresser for Ladies, Wednesday 15th February (9am-2pm) & Monday 27th February (1:30-4pm)

Wanting a haircut/new hairstyle.  Brett will at the OLC cutting hair for women on Wednesday, 15th February from 9am and Matthew will be here on Monday, 27th February from 1:30pm.  Bookings essential.  Please call 9358 8170 to make an appointment.  Flyer attached.

“Tuesdays: Time For … Telling Tales”, Starting Tuesday 7th February for 4 Tuesdays, 10am-12 noon

Come and enjoy listening to stories, creating and telling stories of your own whether they be true or otherwise. 

Facilitator:  Christine Carlton a Storyteller for Adults.  On Tuesday 7, 14, 21 and 18 February 2017,  10-12 noon.  Starting Tuesday 7th February  for 4 Tuesdays.

Tuesdays: Time to…  is a regular feature on the OLC program, exploring various aspects of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.  All welcome.