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Kids pottery

Hand building basics with clay for 6 – 12 year-olds. 

Learn the fundamentals of hand building with clay and work on your own creative projects at your own pace.

All materials and firing are included.

Concession: must have a Pension Care Card or Health Care Card $280.00
Full fee: Permanent Resident or Australia/New Zealand Citizenship $296.00

FAQs

  • How do I enrol?

    You can enroll online (visit your course webpage for the enrolment link), over the phone, or complete an enrolment form at our Preston or Thornbury office. We require payment and completed enrolment details to secure your place in a course. Please note that new students will undergo an informal assessment to ensure they are enrolling in a course that is consistent with their literacy level. Current students and those who have submitted an expression of interest regarding a course will be notified of enrolment open dates for those courses. Enrolments are open to current students and the public and will be processed on a first-come, first served basis.

  • How do I know if the course will be right for me?

    Enrolling students are required to participate in a brief informal assessment to determine language and literacy levels in line with national standards to ensure they are enrolling in a course that best meets their needs. This may be conducted via phone, internet or in person. Where applicable, students will be supported to complete an alternative course in preparation for study of the original intended course. Eg. English course to improve English skills prior to commencing a Beginner Computer course. This may only apply to newly enrolling students.

  • How does course payment work?

    All fees are paid per course, in full, prior to course commencement. In situations of financial hardship, students can apply to training@bridgedarebin.org.au. Subsidized course fees are available for students who are eligible for government-funded programs, referred to as ACFE (Adult Community and Further Education) programs. To be eligible for ACFE funding you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an asylum seeker in specified visa categories, referred by a Jobs Victoria Employment Network provider.

    Concession price is available for pension, healthcare and Veteran’s Gold card holders. A senior’s card is accepted for non-ACFE funded programs. If enrolling online, your concession/pension/seniors’ card must be presented at our office prior to commencement. We offer additional discounts and free places for certain courses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

    Refunds will not be given for missed classes or courses. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses.

  • What happens if we cancel a course?

    In the event of a course cancellation due to low numbers, all fees will be refunded in full by direct payment to your nominated bank account. If an individual class needs to be cancelled at short notice, we will endeavor to schedule a make-up class, subject to trainer availability.

  • Can I withdraw from a course?

    Notice of withdrawal from a course must be given 48 hours prior to course commencement. A 3% administration fee will be incurred for any refunds. Refunds may not be approved after the commencement of the course.

  • What are the course dates?

    Enrolments into some courses can be made after the start date. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses. In the event minimum enrolments have not been met, the course start date may be delayed. Students will be notified of any changes to start and end dates. We are closed on public holidays. Some courses may operate during school holidays; your tutor will advise if this is the case.

  • How do I pay?

    Students can pay for courses online at time of enrolment, or through our offices during opening hours. Credit card and EFTPOS are our preferred payment methods at this time, and we accept payments by bank transfer and cash. We also accept weekly direct debits (external transaction fees apply). Direct deposit details: Bank: Bendigo Bank Account name: Preston Neighbourhood House BSB: 633-000 Account number: 1285 76022 Reference area: Your surname, course name and time

  • Are there course materials and do they need to be paid for?

    We will advise students prior to course commencement if there are course material fees to be paid. This is a separate payment, in addition to the course fee, unless otherwise stated (materials are included in all Arts Hub courses).

Gardening

Join this hands-on program in our accessible garden, complete with low and wheelchair friendly garden beds. You will learn basics of gardening, urban agriculture, soil health and how to grow food in small spaces. Get your hands dirty in this 6-week course! Light refreshments provided. 

FAQs

  • How do I enrol?

    You can enroll online (visit your course webpage for the enrolment link), over the phone, or complete an enrolment form at our Preston or Thornbury office. We require payment and completed enrolment details to secure your place in a course. Please note that new students will undergo an informal assessment to ensure they are enrolling in a course that is consistent with their literacy level. Current students and those who have submitted an expression of interest regarding a course will be notified of enrolment open dates for those courses. Enrolments are open to current students and the public and will be processed on a first-come, first served basis.

  • How do I know if the course will be right for me?

    Enrolling students are required to participate in a brief informal assessment to determine language and literacy levels in line with national standards to ensure they are enrolling in a course that best meets their needs. This may be conducted via phone, internet or in person. Where applicable, students will be supported to complete an alternative course in preparation for study of the original intended course. Eg. English course to improve English skills prior to commencing a Beginner Computer course. This may only apply to newly enrolling students.

  • How does course payment work?

    All fees are paid per course, in full, prior to course commencement. In situations of financial hardship, students can apply to training@bridgedarebin.org.au. Subsidized course fees are available for students who are eligible for government-funded programs, referred to as ACFE (Adult Community and Further Education) programs. To be eligible for ACFE funding you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an asylum seeker in specified visa categories, referred by a Jobs Victoria Employment Network provider.

    Concession price is available for pension, healthcare and Veteran’s Gold card holders. A senior’s card is accepted for non-ACFE funded programs. If enrolling online, your concession/pension/seniors’ card must be presented at our office prior to commencement. We offer additional discounts and free places for certain courses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

    Refunds will not be given for missed classes or courses. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses.

  • What happens if we cancel a course?

    In the event of a course cancellation due to low numbers, all fees will be refunded in full by direct payment to your nominated bank account. If an individual class needs to be cancelled at short notice, we will endeavor to schedule a make-up class, subject to trainer availability.

  • Can I withdraw from a course?

    Notice of withdrawal from a course must be given 48 hours prior to course commencement. A 3% administration fee will be incurred for any refunds. Refunds may not be approved after the commencement of the course.

  • What are the course dates?

    Enrolments into some courses can be made after the start date. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses. In the event minimum enrolments have not been met, the course start date may be delayed. Students will be notified of any changes to start and end dates. We are closed on public holidays. Some courses may operate during school holidays; your tutor will advise if this is the case.

  • How do I pay?

    Students can pay for courses online at time of enrolment, or through our offices during opening hours. Credit card and EFTPOS are our preferred payment methods at this time, and we accept payments by bank transfer and cash. We also accept weekly direct debits (external transaction fees apply). Direct deposit details: Bank: Bendigo Bank Account name: Preston Neighbourhood House BSB: 633-000 Account number: 1285 76022 Reference area: Your surname, course name and time

  • Are there course materials and do they need to be paid for?

    We will advise students prior to course commencement if there are course material fees to be paid. This is a separate payment, in addition to the course fee, unless otherwise stated (materials are included in all Arts Hub courses).

Adult Learners Week: take 20% off

To celebrate Adult Learners Week 2023, 20% discount will apply to all job-ready courses if you enroll between 1st to 8th September. Limited places available, BOOK NOW!

Public Speaking & Networking

Want to communicate more effectively and confidently? This course can help you improve your online and face-to-face communication skills.


Budget Basics: Financial Literacy for Women + Gender-diverse

Arm yourself with the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your financial milestones and take control of your money.


Barista & Hospitality

Learn how to make industry-standard coffees that will land you a job in this high demand industry.


Nutrition & Food Literacy

Learn nutritional theory, healthy eating concepts, hands-on culinary skills and career pathways in the nutrition, community and allied health industries.


Microbusiness for Makers

This course for makers will guide you through the process of creating a sustainable creative business. 


FAQs

  • How do I enrol?

    You can enroll online (visit your course webpage for the enrolment link), over the phone, or complete an enrolment form at our Preston or Thornbury office. We require payment and completed enrolment details to secure your place in a course. Please note that new students will undergo an informal assessment to ensure they are enrolling in a course that is consistent with their literacy level. Current students and those who have submitted an expression of interest regarding a course will be notified of enrolment open dates for those courses. Enrolments are open to current students and the public and will be processed on a first-come, first served basis.

  • How do I know if the course will be right for me?

    Enrolling students are required to participate in a brief informal assessment to determine language and literacy levels in line with national standards to ensure they are enrolling in a course that best meets their needs. This may be conducted via phone, internet or in person. Where applicable, students will be supported to complete an alternative course in preparation for study of the original intended course. Eg. English course to improve English skills prior to commencing a Beginner Computer course. This may only apply to newly enrolling students.

  • How does course payment work?

    All fees are paid per course, in full, prior to course commencement. In situations of financial hardship, students can apply to training@bridgedarebin.org.au. Subsidized course fees are available for students who are eligible for government-funded programs, referred to as ACFE (Adult Community and Further Education) programs. To be eligible for ACFE funding you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an asylum seeker in specified visa categories, referred by a Jobs Victoria Employment Network provider.

    Concession price is available for pension, healthcare and Veteran’s Gold card holders. A senior’s card is accepted for non-ACFE funded programs. If enrolling online, your concession/pension/seniors’ card must be presented at our office prior to commencement. We offer additional discounts and free places for certain courses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

    Refunds will not be given for missed classes or courses. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses.

  • What happens if we cancel a course?

    In the event of a course cancellation due to low numbers, all fees will be refunded in full by direct payment to your nominated bank account. If an individual class needs to be cancelled at short notice, we will endeavor to schedule a make-up class, subject to trainer availability.

  • Can I withdraw from a course?

    Notice of withdrawal from a course must be given 48 hours prior to course commencement. A 3% administration fee will be incurred for any refunds. Refunds may not be approved after the commencement of the course.

  • What are the course dates?

    Enrolments into some courses can be made after the start date. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses. In the event minimum enrolments have not been met, the course start date may be delayed. Students will be notified of any changes to start and end dates. We are closed on public holidays. Some courses may operate during school holidays; your tutor will advise if this is the case.

  • How do I pay?

    Students can pay for courses online at time of enrolment, or through our offices during opening hours. Credit card and EFTPOS are our preferred payment methods at this time, and we accept payments by bank transfer and cash. We also accept weekly direct debits (external transaction fees apply). Direct deposit details: Bank: Bendigo Bank Account name: Preston Neighbourhood House BSB: 633-000 Account number: 1285 76022 Reference area: Your surname, course name and time

  • Are there course materials and do they need to be paid for?

    We will advise students prior to course commencement if there are course material fees to be paid. This is a separate payment, in addition to the course fee, unless otherwise stated (materials are included in all Arts Hub courses).

School holiday programs

We have a variety of affordable and exciting school holiday programs for kids and teens, including barista & hospitality, sewing and pottery. January 2024 holiday programs are open for bookings! Details below.

Barista & Hospitality (2 day program: Thursday & Friday, 14+ years)


Kids drama, art & movement workshop (6-12 years)

A fun-filled collaborative session including creative movement games, physical theatre and art making.

Not available in January 2024 school holidays.


Kids pottery workshop (6-12 years)

Not available in January 2024 school holidays.


FAQs

  • How do I enrol?

    You can enroll online (visit your course webpage for the enrolment link), over the phone, or complete an enrolment form at our Preston or Thornbury office. We require payment and completed enrolment details to secure your place in a course. Please note that new students will undergo an informal assessment to ensure they are enrolling in a course that is consistent with their literacy level. Current students and those who have submitted an expression of interest regarding a course will be notified of enrolment open dates for those courses. Enrolments are open to current students and the public and will be processed on a first-come, first served basis.

  • How do I know if the course will be right for me?

    Enrolling students are required to participate in a brief informal assessment to determine language and literacy levels in line with national standards to ensure they are enrolling in a course that best meets their needs. This may be conducted via phone, internet or in person. Where applicable, students will be supported to complete an alternative course in preparation for study of the original intended course. Eg. English course to improve English skills prior to commencing a Beginner Computer course. This may only apply to newly enrolling students.

  • How does course payment work?

    All fees are paid per course, in full, prior to course commencement. In situations of financial hardship, students can apply to training@bridgedarebin.org.au. Subsidized course fees are available for students who are eligible for government-funded programs, referred to as ACFE (Adult Community and Further Education) programs. To be eligible for ACFE funding you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an asylum seeker in specified visa categories, referred by a Jobs Victoria Employment Network provider.

    Concession price is available for pension, healthcare and Veteran’s Gold card holders. A senior’s card is accepted for non-ACFE funded programs. If enrolling online, your concession/pension/seniors’ card must be presented at our office prior to commencement. We offer additional discounts and free places for certain courses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

    Refunds will not be given for missed classes or courses. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses.

  • What happens if we cancel a course?

    In the event of a course cancellation due to low numbers, all fees will be refunded in full by direct payment to your nominated bank account. If an individual class needs to be cancelled at short notice, we will endeavor to schedule a make-up class, subject to trainer availability.

  • Can I withdraw from a course?

    Notice of withdrawal from a course must be given 48 hours prior to course commencement. A 3% administration fee will be incurred for any refunds. Refunds may not be approved after the commencement of the course.

  • What are the course dates?

    Enrolments into some courses can be made after the start date. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses. In the event minimum enrolments have not been met, the course start date may be delayed. Students will be notified of any changes to start and end dates. We are closed on public holidays. Some courses may operate during school holidays; your tutor will advise if this is the case.

  • How do I pay?

    Students can pay for courses online at time of enrolment, or through our offices during opening hours. Credit card and EFTPOS are our preferred payment methods at this time, and we accept payments by bank transfer and cash. We also accept weekly direct debits (external transaction fees apply). Direct deposit details: Bank: Bendigo Bank Account name: Preston Neighbourhood House BSB: 633-000 Account number: 1285 76022 Reference area: Your surname, course name and time

  • Are there course materials and do they need to be paid for?

    We will advise students prior to course commencement if there are course material fees to be paid. This is a separate payment, in addition to the course fee, unless otherwise stated (materials are included in all Arts Hub courses).

Sewing for teens

Learn sewing fundamentals and take home your own creations. Projects vary each term, but might include a bucket hat, pyjama pants, a tote bag with pocket, a make-up/pencil case with a zip, a top, an A-line dress or a skirt.

FAQs

  • How do I enrol?

    You can enroll online (visit your course webpage for the enrolment link), over the phone, or complete an enrolment form at our Preston or Thornbury office. We require payment and completed enrolment details to secure your place in a course. Please note that new students will undergo an informal assessment to ensure they are enrolling in a course that is consistent with their literacy level. Current students and those who have submitted an expression of interest regarding a course will be notified of enrolment open dates for those courses. Enrolments are open to current students and the public and will be processed on a first-come, first served basis.

  • How do I know if the course will be right for me?

    Enrolling students are required to participate in a brief informal assessment to determine language and literacy levels in line with national standards to ensure they are enrolling in a course that best meets their needs. This may be conducted via phone, internet or in person. Where applicable, students will be supported to complete an alternative course in preparation for study of the original intended course. Eg. English course to improve English skills prior to commencing a Beginner Computer course. This may only apply to newly enrolling students.

  • How does course payment work?

    All fees are paid per course, in full, prior to course commencement. In situations of financial hardship, students can apply to training@bridgedarebin.org.au. Subsidized course fees are available for students who are eligible for government-funded programs, referred to as ACFE (Adult Community and Further Education) programs. To be eligible for ACFE funding you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an asylum seeker in specified visa categories, referred by a Jobs Victoria Employment Network provider.

    Concession price is available for pension, healthcare and Veteran’s Gold card holders. A senior’s card is accepted for non-ACFE funded programs. If enrolling online, your concession/pension/seniors’ card must be presented at our office prior to commencement. We offer additional discounts and free places for certain courses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

    Refunds will not be given for missed classes or courses. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses.

  • What happens if we cancel a course?

    In the event of a course cancellation due to low numbers, all fees will be refunded in full by direct payment to your nominated bank account. If an individual class needs to be cancelled at short notice, we will endeavor to schedule a make-up class, subject to trainer availability.

  • Can I withdraw from a course?

    Notice of withdrawal from a course must be given 48 hours prior to course commencement. A 3% administration fee will be incurred for any refunds. Refunds may not be approved after the commencement of the course.

  • What are the course dates?

    Enrolments into some courses can be made after the start date. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses. In the event minimum enrolments have not been met, the course start date may be delayed. Students will be notified of any changes to start and end dates. We are closed on public holidays. Some courses may operate during school holidays; your tutor will advise if this is the case.

  • How do I pay?

    Students can pay for courses online at time of enrolment, or through our offices during opening hours. Credit card and EFTPOS are our preferred payment methods at this time, and we accept payments by bank transfer and cash. We also accept weekly direct debits (external transaction fees apply). Direct deposit details: Bank: Bendigo Bank Account name: Preston Neighbourhood House BSB: 633-000 Account number: 1285 76022 Reference area: Your surname, course name and time

  • Are there course materials and do they need to be paid for?

    We will advise students prior to course commencement if there are course material fees to be paid. This is a separate payment, in addition to the course fee, unless otherwise stated (materials are included in all Arts Hub courses).

Sewing

Our Sewing courses are suitable for beginners or people needing a refresher. You’ll cover the basics of using a machine, following patterns and working with recycled fabrics. Lessons are in a safe, collaborative and welcoming environment, and you will finish the course with your own completed items.

Students will have access to sewing machines to participate in projects during class. Essential sewing equipment provided.

Please note that Sewing courses are ACFE-funded classes.
All students will need to provide Photo ID, Medicare and complete paperwork in order to participate in these specific classes. ACFE-funding allows us to continue running programs for our community at accessible prices so we appreciate the co-operation.


Sewing Monday 6pm – 8.30pm

No session Monday 11th March, Labour Day public holiday.


Sewing Tuesday 6pm – 8.30pm


Sewing Wednesday 6pm – 8.30pm

FAQs

  • How do I enrol?

    You can enroll online (visit your course webpage for the enrolment link), over the phone, or complete an enrolment form at our Preston or Thornbury office. We require payment and completed enrolment details to secure your place in a course. Please note that new students will undergo an informal assessment to ensure they are enrolling in a course that is consistent with their literacy level. Current students and those who have submitted an expression of interest regarding a course will be notified of enrolment open dates for those courses. Enrolments are open to current students and the public and will be processed on a first-come, first served basis.

  • How do I know if the course will be right for me?

    Enrolling students are required to participate in a brief informal assessment to determine language and literacy levels in line with national standards to ensure they are enrolling in a course that best meets their needs. This may be conducted via phone, internet or in person. Where applicable, students will be supported to complete an alternative course in preparation for study of the original intended course. Eg. English course to improve English skills prior to commencing a Beginner Computer course. This may only apply to newly enrolling students.

  • How does course payment work?

    All fees are paid per course, in full, prior to course commencement. In situations of financial hardship, students can apply to training@bridgedarebin.org.au. Subsidized course fees are available for students who are eligible for government-funded programs, referred to as ACFE (Adult Community and Further Education) programs. To be eligible for ACFE funding you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an asylum seeker in specified visa categories, referred by a Jobs Victoria Employment Network provider.

    Concession price is available for pension, healthcare and Veteran’s Gold card holders. A senior’s card is accepted for non-ACFE funded programs. If enrolling online, your concession/pension/seniors’ card must be presented at our office prior to commencement. We offer additional discounts and free places for certain courses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

    Refunds will not be given for missed classes or courses. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses.

  • What happens if we cancel a course?

    In the event of a course cancellation due to low numbers, all fees will be refunded in full by direct payment to your nominated bank account. If an individual class needs to be cancelled at short notice, we will endeavor to schedule a make-up class, subject to trainer availability.

  • Can I withdraw from a course?

    Notice of withdrawal from a course must be given 48 hours prior to course commencement. A 3% administration fee will be incurred for any refunds. Refunds may not be approved after the commencement of the course.

  • What are the course dates?

    Enrolments into some courses can be made after the start date. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses. In the event minimum enrolments have not been met, the course start date may be delayed. Students will be notified of any changes to start and end dates. We are closed on public holidays. Some courses may operate during school holidays; your tutor will advise if this is the case.

  • How do I pay?

    Students can pay for courses online at time of enrolment, or through our offices during opening hours. Credit card and EFTPOS are our preferred payment methods at this time, and we accept payments by bank transfer and cash. We also accept weekly direct debits (external transaction fees apply). Direct deposit details: Bank: Bendigo Bank Account name: Preston Neighbourhood House BSB: 633-000 Account number: 1285 76022 Reference area: Your surname, course name and time

  • Are there course materials and do they need to be paid for?

    We will advise students prior to course commencement if there are course material fees to be paid. This is a separate payment, in addition to the course fee, unless otherwise stated (materials are included in all Arts Hub courses).

Budget Basics: Financial Literacy for Women + Gender-diverse People

Feeling the pinch with the cost-of-living skyrocketing?  Want to improve your relationship with money and get on top of your finances? 

Empower yourself with the practical skills and knowledge to take control of your money and set clear financial goals. During this 6-week course you will learn strategies to implement in your everyday life to make a real difference to your bottom line and support your financial wellbeing.  

The course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed decisions and take charge of their financial future. This includes: 

  • Exploring your money mindset 
  • Creating a personalized budget and savings plan 
  • Unpacking the meaning of certain terms related to investing and superannuation / finances and money management 
  • Setting financial goals and planning for your future 

Whether you’re just starting out or looking to improve your financial literacy, this course is the perfect way to take the first step towards financial freedom.  

This is a 6 session course, cost $87 concession, $117 full.


FAQs

  • How do I enrol?

    You can enroll online (visit your course webpage for the enrolment link), over the phone, or complete an enrolment form at our Preston or Thornbury office. We require payment and completed enrolment details to secure your place in a course. Please note that new students will undergo an informal assessment to ensure they are enrolling in a course that is consistent with their literacy level. Current students and those who have submitted an expression of interest regarding a course will be notified of enrolment open dates for those courses. Enrolments are open to current students and the public and will be processed on a first-come, first served basis.

  • How do I know if the course will be right for me?

    Enrolling students are required to participate in a brief informal assessment to determine language and literacy levels in line with national standards to ensure they are enrolling in a course that best meets their needs. This may be conducted via phone, internet or in person. Where applicable, students will be supported to complete an alternative course in preparation for study of the original intended course. Eg. English course to improve English skills prior to commencing a Beginner Computer course. This may only apply to newly enrolling students.

  • How does course payment work?

    All fees are paid per course, in full, prior to course commencement. In situations of financial hardship, students can apply to training@bridgedarebin.org.au. Subsidized course fees are available for students who are eligible for government-funded programs, referred to as ACFE (Adult Community and Further Education) programs. To be eligible for ACFE funding you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an asylum seeker in specified visa categories, referred by a Jobs Victoria Employment Network provider.

    Concession price is available for pension, healthcare and Veteran’s Gold card holders. A senior’s card is accepted for non-ACFE funded programs. If enrolling online, your concession/pension/seniors’ card must be presented at our office prior to commencement. We offer additional discounts and free places for certain courses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

    Refunds will not be given for missed classes or courses. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses.

  • What happens if we cancel a course?

    In the event of a course cancellation due to low numbers, all fees will be refunded in full by direct payment to your nominated bank account. If an individual class needs to be cancelled at short notice, we will endeavor to schedule a make-up class, subject to trainer availability.

  • Can I withdraw from a course?

    Notice of withdrawal from a course must be given 48 hours prior to course commencement. A 3% administration fee will be incurred for any refunds. Refunds may not be approved after the commencement of the course.

  • What are the course dates?

    Enrolments into some courses can be made after the start date. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses. In the event minimum enrolments have not been met, the course start date may be delayed. Students will be notified of any changes to start and end dates. We are closed on public holidays. Some courses may operate during school holidays; your tutor will advise if this is the case.

  • How do I pay?

    Students can pay for courses online at time of enrolment, or through our offices during opening hours. Credit card and EFTPOS are our preferred payment methods at this time, and we accept payments by bank transfer and cash. We also accept weekly direct debits (external transaction fees apply). Direct deposit details: Bank: Bendigo Bank Account name: Preston Neighbourhood House BSB: 633-000 Account number: 1285 76022 Reference area: Your surname, course name and time

  • Are there course materials and do they need to be paid for?

    We will advise students prior to course commencement if there are course material fees to be paid. This is a separate payment, in addition to the course fee, unless otherwise stated (materials are included in all Arts Hub courses).

Community Network Project

Build your skills to join the community workforce 

A supportive, innovative and unique training and paid work placement opportunity for all female-identifying people aged 35+ interested in working in the community sector.  

Over 3 months you will build transferable skills such as project management, digital literacy, working in a team, public speaking and gain a deeper understanding of the community sector.

WHAT YOU’LL GAIN:  

  • Transferable skills: digital literacy, project management, and administration 
  • Soft skills: time management, teamwork and communication skills 
  • A deeper understanding of the community sector 
  • New connections and professional network 
  • 75 hours of hands-on paid work experience 
  • Updated CV and cover letter
  • Bridge Darebin as a reference for job applications  

WORK PLACEMENT AREAS MAY INCLUDE*:  

  • Community Education 
  • Events  
  • Hospitality 
  • Office administration 
  • Community Project Support 
  • Food Relief & Operations 
  • Human Resources 
  • Marketing & Communications 

*We will do our best to match up applicants to their areas of interest  

Phase 1 – Getting to know the community sector  
Four weeks: 2 x 3 hour workshops per week 

Phase 2 – Working in the community sector 
Five weeks: 15 hours paid work placement per week

Phase 3 – Finding work in the community sector 
Four weeks: 2 x 3 hour workshops per week 

Timeline: 15 April – 26 July 2024 (break during school holidays)

Days: Short workshops Wednesday & Friday, 10am – 1pm

Work placement is flexible, depending on participant schedule.

Location: 218 High St, Preston

Cost: FREE

Applications close on 1st March 2024.

For more information, please email edm@bridgedarebin.org.au

If you are successful we will be in touch to schedule an interview. We are recruiting 7 participants.  

This course has been made possible by the Westpac Foundation’s Inclusive Employment Grant.

FAQs

  • How do I enrol?

    You can enroll online (visit your course webpage for the enrolment link), over the phone, or complete an enrolment form at our Preston or Thornbury office. We require payment and completed enrolment details to secure your place in a course. Please note that new students will undergo an informal assessment to ensure they are enrolling in a course that is consistent with their literacy level. Current students and those who have submitted an expression of interest regarding a course will be notified of enrolment open dates for those courses. Enrolments are open to current students and the public and will be processed on a first-come, first served basis.

  • How do I know if the course will be right for me?

    Enrolling students are required to participate in a brief informal assessment to determine language and literacy levels in line with national standards to ensure they are enrolling in a course that best meets their needs. This may be conducted via phone, internet or in person. Where applicable, students will be supported to complete an alternative course in preparation for study of the original intended course. Eg. English course to improve English skills prior to commencing a Beginner Computer course. This may only apply to newly enrolling students.

  • How does course payment work?

    All fees are paid per course, in full, prior to course commencement. In situations of financial hardship, students can apply to training@bridgedarebin.org.au. Subsidized course fees are available for students who are eligible for government-funded programs, referred to as ACFE (Adult Community and Further Education) programs. To be eligible for ACFE funding you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an asylum seeker in specified visa categories, referred by a Jobs Victoria Employment Network provider.

    Concession price is available for pension, healthcare and Veteran’s Gold card holders. A senior’s card is accepted for non-ACFE funded programs. If enrolling online, your concession/pension/seniors’ card must be presented at our office prior to commencement. We offer additional discounts and free places for certain courses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

    Refunds will not be given for missed classes or courses. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses.

  • What happens if we cancel a course?

    In the event of a course cancellation due to low numbers, all fees will be refunded in full by direct payment to your nominated bank account. If an individual class needs to be cancelled at short notice, we will endeavor to schedule a make-up class, subject to trainer availability.

  • Can I withdraw from a course?

    Notice of withdrawal from a course must be given 48 hours prior to course commencement. A 3% administration fee will be incurred for any refunds. Refunds may not be approved after the commencement of the course.

  • What are the course dates?

    Enrolments into some courses can be made after the start date. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses. In the event minimum enrolments have not been met, the course start date may be delayed. Students will be notified of any changes to start and end dates. We are closed on public holidays. Some courses may operate during school holidays; your tutor will advise if this is the case.

  • How do I pay?

    Students can pay for courses online at time of enrolment, or through our offices during opening hours. Credit card and EFTPOS are our preferred payment methods at this time, and we accept payments by bank transfer and cash. We also accept weekly direct debits (external transaction fees apply). Direct deposit details: Bank: Bendigo Bank Account name: Preston Neighbourhood House BSB: 633-000 Account number: 1285 76022 Reference area: Your surname, course name and time

  • Are there course materials and do they need to be paid for?

    We will advise students prior to course commencement if there are course material fees to be paid. This is a separate payment, in addition to the course fee, unless otherwise stated (materials are included in all Arts Hub courses).

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Computer courses

Intro to Computers

Learn basic computer skills such as using the internet, email and the Google Suite.
Create simple documents and develop your digital skills.


Computers 2 – After the basics

Further develop your computer skills by using the internet, email and more of the Google Suite. 
Create documents, search for images and further develop your digital skills.


Computers 3 – What’s next? Fine tuning and applying your computer skills

Advance your computer skills in Microsoft Office or the Google Suite to apply to paid or unpaid work opportunities. Option to BYO laptop and extend your knowledge of cloud-based word processing, spreadsheets, email and storage. From a budget, to scheduling and holding meetings online, to working collaboratively with others, bring your ideas and questions and let’s apply these to your life!


Advanced – day/time TBC (please call reception on 9484 5806)

Expand on your knowledge of cloud technology and workplace computer skills with advanced level training in Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Publisher and Outlook. Work at your own pace to complete administration and project tasks reflective of those set in the workplace.

 

FAQs

  • How do I enrol?

    You can enroll online (visit your course webpage for the enrolment link), over the phone, or complete an enrolment form at our Preston or Thornbury office. We require payment and completed enrolment details to secure your place in a course. Please note that new students will undergo an informal assessment to ensure they are enrolling in a course that is consistent with their literacy level. Current students and those who have submitted an expression of interest regarding a course will be notified of enrolment open dates for those courses. Enrolments are open to current students and the public and will be processed on a first-come, first served basis.

  • How do I know if the course will be right for me?

    Enrolling students are required to participate in a brief informal assessment to determine language and literacy levels in line with national standards to ensure they are enrolling in a course that best meets their needs. This may be conducted via phone, internet or in person. Where applicable, students will be supported to complete an alternative course in preparation for study of the original intended course. Eg. English course to improve English skills prior to commencing a Beginner Computer course. This may only apply to newly enrolling students.

  • How does course payment work?

    All fees are paid per course, in full, prior to course commencement. In situations of financial hardship, students can apply to training@bridgedarebin.org.au. Subsidized course fees are available for students who are eligible for government-funded programs, referred to as ACFE (Adult Community and Further Education) programs. To be eligible for ACFE funding you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an asylum seeker in specified visa categories, referred by a Jobs Victoria Employment Network provider.

    Concession price is available for pension, healthcare and Veteran’s Gold card holders. A senior’s card is accepted for non-ACFE funded programs. If enrolling online, your concession/pension/seniors’ card must be presented at our office prior to commencement. We offer additional discounts and free places for certain courses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

    Refunds will not be given for missed classes or courses. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses.

  • What happens if we cancel a course?

    In the event of a course cancellation due to low numbers, all fees will be refunded in full by direct payment to your nominated bank account. If an individual class needs to be cancelled at short notice, we will endeavor to schedule a make-up class, subject to trainer availability.

  • Can I withdraw from a course?

    Notice of withdrawal from a course must be given 48 hours prior to course commencement. A 3% administration fee will be incurred for any refunds. Refunds may not be approved after the commencement of the course.

  • What are the course dates?

    Enrolments into some courses can be made after the start date. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses. In the event minimum enrolments have not been met, the course start date may be delayed. Students will be notified of any changes to start and end dates. We are closed on public holidays. Some courses may operate during school holidays; your tutor will advise if this is the case.

  • How do I pay?

    Students can pay for courses online at time of enrolment, or through our offices during opening hours. Credit card and EFTPOS are our preferred payment methods at this time, and we accept payments by bank transfer and cash. We also accept weekly direct debits (external transaction fees apply). Direct deposit details: Bank: Bendigo Bank Account name: Preston Neighbourhood House BSB: 633-000 Account number: 1285 76022 Reference area: Your surname, course name and time

  • Are there course materials and do they need to be paid for?

    We will advise students prior to course commencement if there are course material fees to be paid. This is a separate payment, in addition to the course fee, unless otherwise stated (materials are included in all Arts Hub courses).