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Get tech savvy: mobile devices

Bring your device, bring your questions!  We’ll support you to use your phone, computer or iPad like a pro! This learner-centered beginner phone course is designed to give you support for your mobile device. You’ll learn skills like connecting to family and friends, sharing holiday photos and much more.

Please note that this course is funded by the Victorian Government’s ACFE (Adult Community and Further Education) board.
Students are required to show their Medicare card and complete paperwork in order to participate. ACFE funding allows us to continue running affordable programs for our community so we appreciate your co-operation.

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. 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).

Computers at your own pace

Go at your own pace as you develop and practice your computer skills in a friendly and relaxed environment. Learn what you want to learn, whether that is how to watch videos on YouTube, how to type a letter or how to play solitaire. All skill levels welcome.

This program is for learners with additional needs; carers welcome.

Please note that literacy is a requirement.


Empowerability Arts

Empowerability arts is an inclusive and accessible program that plays with creativity through improvised movement, theatre, visual art making and more.
We work to support each participant’s personal interests with a focus on individual expression and collaboration.
Each session is suitable for all abilities and all levels of experience.

This program is NDIS supported.

You are welcome to enrol at any time throughout the term and you will only be charged from when you join. Carers are not required to stay for the session.

**Now on Friday morning** You and your carer are welcome to join our free community lunch after the class.


Please get in touch with Emma if you have any questions.

Emma is a multimodal artist, a performer, an arts facilitator and an arts therapist.

She has been working as an artist and in community arts for more than 20 years, exhibiting her work and hosting creative workshops around Australia and Ireland.  Emma believes that everyone is creative and deserves a chance to share their stories.

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. 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).

Small Space Gardening

Want to grow your own food but don’t know where to begin? In this hands-on 5-week program you will learn the principles of food growing in small spaces, including how to design, build and maintain a productive garden. Gain an understanding of food growing at home, and find a gardening approach that suits you.
You will gain a range of useful skills and knowledge including:

  • Understanding soil health
  • Small site assessment
  • Plant choice, including companion gardening
  • Plant propagation
  • A range of hands-on skills
  • Community resilience – food growing for community building
  • The wellbeing benefits of garden-based activities

This course is designed for anyone looking to start growing at home and meets you at your skill level.

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. 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).

Walking

Our walking groups are suitable for people looking for a slower pace. Most of the walks are flat and accessible. 
We head out for different walks around Preston and Melbourne. Destinations vary from bush walks to parks and suburbs. They have previously included areas such as Coburg Lakes, Botanical Gardens, Eltham and Port Melbourne. 
Meet at Moon Rabbit Cafe and take the mini bus to the start of the walk.


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. 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).

Yoga

Suitable for all ages and abilities, our yoga classes are a mix of hatha, slow flow and yin and the main focus is on relaxation and mindfulness. Yoga is an ancient holistic system that comprises a group of mental, spiritual and physical disciplines that encourage the union of body, mind, and spirit. The benefits are plentiful, including stress reduction and management, physical strength, development of proprioception and self-awareness. 

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. 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).

Tai Chi

Learn Tai Chi, combining exercise and relaxation, from a Tai Chi master. Try Beginners to start or Intermediate to increase your skills and stamina.

TO ENROL: contact Tara directly on 0407 941 101 or email info@jinli.com.au

Tai Chi – Beginners AM

  • Start date: 15th July 2024
  • Time: Mondays, 11.45am – 12.45pm
  • Location: Front Hall Preston
  • Sessions: 9
  • Cost: $144 concession / $162 full fee

Tai Chi – Intermediate

  • Start date: 15th July 2024
  • Time: Mondays, 1.15pm – 2.15pm
  • Location: Front Hall Preston
  • Sessions: 9
  • Cost: $144 concession / $162 full fee

Computer skills for the cloud-based workplace

Learn cloud technology and workplace communication skills with Microsoft Office.  You will be empowered to use cloud-based computing with Microsoft 365 applications including SharePoint, Teams, Outlook, Calendar, OneDrive as well as Canva. Understand how to do cloud-based file transfer, how to safely organise and store files, how to communicate and collaborate and design and publishing.

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. 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).

Open Studio

Unleash your creativity in a supportive and relaxing environment and meet with like-minded individuals. Use mixed media to discover, explore and expand your artistic voice and develop creative skills. Participants are encouraged to develop their own self-directed projects and personal practice. Starter materials provided, but you are welcome to BYO projects and materials (for example: watercolour paper, art journal, watercolour paint palette, acrylic brushes, grey lead pencil).

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. 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).

Bridge to work

An award-winning work-readiness hospitality & customer service program for people aged 18-30 who are neurodiverse or have mental illness or high anxiety issues.

About the program

Bridge to Work is an award-winning, work-readiness hospitality program for neurodivergent young people aged between 18 – 30. This practical course supports students to make a successful transition to sustainable employment or further studies. Throughout the 12-week course learners build vocational skills in barista training, customer service and back-of-house hospitality as well as employability and interpersonal skills that benefit any public-facing roles. This program won the Creating Local Solutions Award at the 2019 Victorian Learn Local Awards. This is a Jobactive-approved activity.

Start date: July 29 2024

Times: 10am-1.30pm

Days: Monday & Friday in class. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday placement days

Location: Preston

Fees: To be advised

For all enquiries contact Amelia Barr, Community Development Officer :  amelia@bridgedarebin.org.au

Program Features

  • Ongoing support: A support worker is present during work placement in our social enterprise café, Moon Rabbit.
  • One convenient location: Classes and practical work placement are provided on site at Bridge Darebin: Preston, 218 High St, which is easily accessible by train, tram and bus.
  • Hands-on training: Practical work-placement opportunities are available at Moon Rabbit café. Barista training is provided, and students learn skills that are transferable to any industry, such as customer service and teamwork.

How it works

Bridge to Work builds work-readiness skills through classroom activities, group work and hands-on learning. In the classroom students work together, and individually, with the trainer and support worker, to recognise their own potential employment barriers and develop strategies to manage them. The Bridge to Work team meets with each student at key stages in each transition, reviewing and working with the student and their trainer/employer to assist in practical ways to overcome these barriers. Additionally, there is ongoing support throughout the program as needed.

Practical workplace training is provided at Bridge Darebin’s social enterprise café, Moon Rabbit. Students will be assisted through a final stage of transition to employment or further education, with job-hunting support provided.

If you’d like to find out more about our current program or about the next intake in July 2024, please contact Amelia Barr via email amelia@bridgedarebin.org.au or phone 0475 669 010.

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. 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).