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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.