Adult and Community Programs
We offer programs to help build healthier, stronger neighbourhoods. Our programs help parents and residents gain new skills, enjoy life as active members of their communities, while providing information and referrals to other programs and services.
Creating Capable Leaders
Parents want to improve their own skills. They want to encourage and support their children’s learning at school.
But many parents are not sure how to do this, especially if they lack confidence or didn’t experience success at school when they were young.
This is why we offer a course for adults, Creating Capable Leaders Training.
It helps adults to:
- Learn new abilities that might help with further study or a job
- Develop leadership and community skills
- Improve their English skills
- Create projects that will make a difference in the neighbourhood
Examples of success
Graduates of the first course in 2013 have already created their own project, known as Healthy Little Rainbows, to encourage families to eat healthy foods.
The group of Healthy Little Rainbows parents buys fruit and vegetables in bulk from the market. They package the fresh produce into bags containing a week’s worth of food and then sell the bags to College parents at discounted prices.
Other graduates of the training course are also achieving new goals. Some have enrolled in pre-vocational courses, while others have started applying for work.
The 8-week training course runs once a week from 9.30am-12.30pm, with refreshments and morning tea provided.
To find out more please contact our community engagement coordinator on 8765 0111.
Sit & Sew
Our popular Sit and Sew program was created by local parents who wanted to get together and learn how to sew clothes for themselves and their children.
A team of enthusiastic volunteers helps teach the sewing classes in our community room. From this small beginning the program has blossomed.
Many of the women learning to sew are new arrivals to Australia. They came up with the idea to include conversational English classes in the Sit and Sew sessions. Now they’re learning English in the sessions as well as sewing skills.
The Sit and Sew program is held twice a week in the College’s community room. If you would like to join the group, volunteer to help, or donate materials please contact the College’s volunteer Co-ordinator on (03) 8765 0111.
Parents appreciate support and advice to help raise their children. It might be a program that helps with toilet training for toddlers, managing difficult behaviours or developing healthy eating habits for children.
Parents at our College identify the issues they want help with or want to learn more about. We then bring experts in from agencies such as Good Beginnings and the Parenting Research Centre, to deliver support and education programs based on parents’ needs.
The programs give parents an opportunity to get to know other parents and develop new skills.
We run a variety of parenting programs throughout the year. Most programs run for 8-10 weeks.
To find out more about our programs please contact our Community Engagement Co-ordinator on (03) 8765 0111.
For practical tips on parenting issues go to the Raising Children Network website.