Lifelong Learning Opportunities

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Darebin Libraries aim to enrich the lives of our community and create opportunities for lifelong learning through our focus on digital literacy, our collections and our events program. 

We support and encourage lifelong learning because it helps improve social inclusion, community engagement, personal development and employability. 

Every week, we hold free events and programs to provide opportunities for learning and social connection, and to support the wellbeing of our community.

We have produced a range of tutorials to help our community learn how to use some of the digital resources available with your Darebin Libraries membership. 

To assist our community in their learning journey we have provided a list of Darebin based organisations that offer education or training programs. You will also find a list of resources which support learning and employment opportunities for jobseekers and business owners.  

Community organisations that offer education or training programs 

PRACE (Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education)

PRACE (Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education) is a registered not-for-profit charitable organisation committed to meeting the language, literacy and numeracy, vocational training and further education needs of the local community. Their vocational training courses are in areas such as barista work, bookkeeping (MYOB), carpentry and commercial cleaning. PRACE also runs a number of youth programs and is registered as an independent school PRACE College.

Ph: (03) 9462 6077

Bridge Darebin  

Bridge Darebin (Preston Neighbourhood House Inc.) is an innovative, not-for-profit community organisation based in Preston and Thornbury. Their training is focused on getting job-ready, office technology and computer courses, small business beginner courses, arts and wellbeing and learning English.

Ph: (03) 9484 5806

SPAN Community House  

SPAN holds many creative activities such as “Art for all abilities” and the Thornbury writers’ workshop. They teach Microsoft Office, online buying and selling, cooking, preserving and horticulture. They also have a range of exercise sessions including Pilates and Tai Chi.

Ph: (03) 9480 1364

Jika Jika Community Centre  

Jika Jika Community Centre hold many wellbeing sessions with a range of Yoga styles, Tai Chi and Pilates. They also off cultural music, dance, craft and choir sessions. Jika Jika have a range of basic computer classes.

Ph: (03) 9482 5100

Alphington Community Centre  

Alphington Community Centre offers a wide range of craft classes including Men in the shed and Women in the shed sessions. Other groups include gardening, travel photography, book clubs and history. During COVID19 they have been making masks with the Country Women’s Association.

Ph: (03) 9499 7227

Reservoir Neighbourhood House  

Reservoir Neighbourhood House offer craft classes, computer classes and a community garden. They have a Japanese playgroup and offer the “wonder learn” program for Pre-school children. During COVID19 they offer trivia sessions, creative writing, story time videos by community members, free IT support. They offer a food relief support service.

Ph: (03) 9462 4611

St Andrews Presbyterian Church  

St Andrews Presbyterian Church offer free English class on Thursday mornings at 10:30 am during school term. At the free English classes, they teach new words, practise conversation, listening and grammar. They read bible stories in these sessions.

Ph: (03) 9460 9523

The Salvation Army Thornbury  

The Salvation Army Thornbury offers two programs for people with disabilities; Music Access Program (MAPS) and Disability Inclusiveness Disco. They offer social session for seniors (Morning Melodies) and adults (710s). The Mainly Music program is a session for pre-schoolers and their parents/caregivers to bond with music. The Community Service Centre provides emergency relief in the form of food parcels and vouchers as a way of assisting people who find themselves in difficult circumstances.

Ph: (03) 9480 5696

The Salvation Army Preston

The Salvation Army Preston offers The Mainly Music program which is a session for pre-schoolers and their parents/caregivers to bond with music. The Community Service Centre provides emergency relief in the form of food parcels and vouchers as a way of assisting people who find themselves in difficult circumstances.

Ph: (03) 9478 0694

The Salvation Army Employment Plus - Preston

As one of Australia’s largest recruiters, we provide our job seekers with specialised training, work experience and a range of support services, to help them find meaningful employment. As a not-for-profit organisation, any surplus we make is directed back into The Salvation Army’s social programs – providing relief to the homeless, victims of disaster and anyone who needs a helping hand.

Ph: (03) 9468 6000


Lively connects young people with seniors to help with technology, gardening, and home care. The program offers jobs and training for young people between 18-25 years old.

Ph: (03) 9070 4741

Westside Circus

Westside Circus offer all kinds of classes and workshops for all ages, all kinds of skill levels and all kinds of people, from the local community to schools and community groups far and wide. And as a not-for-profit organisation, each sale they make directly supports vulnerable Victorians to access their circus programs.

Ph: 9471 2928

U3A Darebin  

U3A provides learning opportunities, educational activities and social interaction for retired and semi-retired people who are over 50, helping them to keep mentally and physically active and involved in local communities. U3A Darebin serve the mature community who are no longer fully employed by conducting a range of courses designed for older adults and available without prior qualifications. There are offerings over different venues offering classes in art and craft, exercise, film, games, history, language learning, literature and music. Please note there is a membership fee.

Ph: 0492 817 478 

    Learning and employment opportunities for job seekers and business owners

    Upskill My Business - A Victorian Government Initiative

    Are you one of the 618,000+ small businesses registered in Victoria? Through Upskill My Business, every Victorian small business owner can access free short courses, online events and resources from the state’s top education providers and industry experts. The impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) are being felt by many of Victoria’s small businesses, the courses on offer can help you regain ground to find more customers, better manage cash flow or just prepare for new market conditions.

    Working for Victoria - A Victorian Government Initiative

    The $500 million Working for Victoria initiative is helping Victorian jobseekers find work and employers find workers. This includes people who have lost their jobs and businesses who need workers due to the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). Working for Victoria is part of the Victorian Government’s $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package.

    Jobseekers can 
    register on the Working for Victoria online jobs platform to find work and free training.

    Employers can 
    find workers by registering for the Working for Victoria online jobs platform.