Learning to believe

Pip Giles’ return to learning as an adult is paying off. Pip Giles recently got a tattoo of a pair of wings with ‘Believe in yourself’ written underneath. It’s Pip’s motto now because with newly discovered self-confidence she’s found herself

Crunch time at Woodend

Woodend Neighbourhood House’s idea for a social enterprise to tackle social isolation in the small Victorian town just got a step closer to reality. Imagine a dreary mid-winter’s day in the small country township of Woodend. You hurry down a

Power through power tools

A Women’s Shed that teaches women trades skills is flourishing in Orange, New South Wales. In the large shed just out of Orange, women of all ages work away at benches in their hot pink safety vests, hammering and sawing,

Woman on forklift

Lifting with Linfox

A partnership between Kensington Neighbourhood House and Linfox offers industry training and a pathway to better paid and more stable work. Before she could prepare her students for their forklift theory test, Kensington Neighbourhood House teacher Louise Cindric decided she’d

Bringing the classroom to the shelter

An education program in domestic violence shelters is helping women on the path to recovery. When Rhiannon joined a support group for survivors of domestic violence in Adelaide’s western suburbs her confidence was at an all time low. On her

Cafe with a conscience

Hobart’s social enterprise Hamlet Café is a stepping stone for people looking for work in the hospitality industry. If you call in to Hobart’s busy Hamlet Café on any Monday morning you’re likely to be served by Alix, a lively

Campaign for adult literacy

A whole-of-community adult literacy campaign based on a revolutionary Cuban education method is having life-changing results in Indigenous communities in outback NSW. Literacy for life is a campaign not a course

Digital disadvantage

 We read the news on our smartphones, do our banking and shopping online, and socialise with family and friends via the internet. In workplaces employers increasingly expect us to be digitally savvy. For many of us, going online to do

On the road

A driver education course is helping Indigenous people in regional and rural NSW to get on the road. Perhaps getting your driver licence was no big deal for you. But for some Australians it can be a real challenge. In

Community learning champions

Learning champions

Community Learning Champions in inner Melbourne’s culturally and ethnically diverse neighbourhoods support and encourage friends, neighbours and peers to take up quality learning and employment opportunities.


The joy of wheels

Bike rider training for adults is flourishing in the municipality of Leichhardt in Sydney’s inner west. The Rusty Rider course for those aged 25 and over turns those who are wobbly on two wheels into confident cyclists.

Oz Harvest

Healthy food on a budget

Food rescue charity OzHarvest is running an education program for people on low incomes to learn about cooking healthy food on a budget. There’s laughter and chatter as people pass bowls and knives back and forth.

Devonport learning community

A community approach

Devonport Tasmania has launched a ‘Live & Learn’ Strategy to set a new direction for the city and establish a flourishing culture of lifelong learning. Devonport Mayor, Alderman Steve Martin wants his whole city to get excited about learning.

Disabled diving

Diving with a disability

A scuba diving training program is changing lives for people with disabilities who are swapping wheelchairs for water. Everyone is different as to what they can do so it’s important to treat each disabled learner diver as an individual.

Mental health first aid

First aid for mental health

Diamond Valley Learning Centre in Greensborough Victoria is running mental health first aid courses to help staff and students develop skills to identify and help others who are struggling emotionally.

ABC open make a difference

Opening doors to rural life

In small village halls, bush libraries and regional towns across Australia, ABC Open producers teach locals how to hone and share digital stories to share with a huge online community. It’s been a life changing experience for many.

Two hackers

Hands-on hackerspace

Hacker or makerspaces are the latest in a long tradition of community spaces that offer opportunities for informal learning. Inside a handful of members are working together and individually on a range of DIY projects.

Human Library

Human library

The first Human Library in Australia – where you can ‘borrow’ people instead of books – is flourishing in Lismore, New South Wales. It has has proved a powerful way to break down prejudice and build empathy and compassion.

Women take the lead

WA has the greatest gender gap when it comes to adult learning with 36.5% of women compared to 45.8% of men involved in formal and non-formal learning. A new program is encouraging women to take up tutoring in community education.