Stories

Reading Write Now

34 year old boilermaker Samuel Timney has struggled with literacy since he left school at 15. But becoming a dad and an urge to fulfill a dream prompted him to get help from WA’s Read Write Now program.

Pathways to education

If you hated school the idea of returning to education or training can be overwhelming. Youth programs that offer help in returning to learning are having a big impact in Melbourne’s west.

Positive start to parenting

A program in Bundaberg QLD helps new parents learn the skills they need for one of life’s most challenging and rewarding jobs. Positive Start Parenting (PSP) originally began for young single mums but has recently expanded to include dads and whole families.

Indigenous learnings

Charles Darwin University researcher Tracy Woodroffe is exploring ways that non-Indigenous educators could benefit from understanding Indigenous knowledge systems and approaches to education.

Igniting the artistic spark

ACT’s Belconnen Arts Centre’s IGNITE Alternative Arts Academy transforms the lives of people with physical and psychosocial disability through the arts. We talked to two participants about the impact of taking part.

Learning to believe

Pip Giles’ return to learning as an adult is paying off. Griffith Uni student Pip Giles recently got a tattoo of a pair of wings with ‘Believe in yourself’ written underneath. It’s Pip’s new motto.

Crunch time at Woodend

Imagine a dreary mid-winter’s day in the small country township of Woodend. You hurry down a deserted and cold street and open the door to an old warehouse. Inside it’s warm and cosy.

Power through power tools

A Women’s Shed that teaches women trades skills is flourishing in Orange, New South Wales. Women of all ages are learning trade skills and tool handling skills for the first time.

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. For process worker Abdulrahman the course has opened a door of opportunity.

Classroom to shelter

An education program in domestic violence shelters in Adelaide’s western suburbs is helping women on the path to recovery, to make career plans, set goals and gain financial independence.

Cafe with a conscience

Hamlet Café is a not for profit social enterprise that aims to provide Tasmanians who have had trouble finding work with hands on training in hospitality skills, confidence and practical work experience.

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

As digital technologies become increasingly central to the way we work, live and socialise the disadvantages of not being digitally connected increases. Australians unable to access digital technologies are increasingly being left behind.

On the road

A driver education course is helping Indigenous people in regional and rural NSW to get on the road. Getting a driver’s licence for indigenous Australians in remote and regional areas can be a real challenge.

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.

rusty-riders

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 how to cook 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. Diving offers a sense of freedom and achievement that’s exhilirating and life changing.

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.