In May 2001 Ross Wayth joined the Wonga Park Community Cottage as a Tutor, teaching French
Polishing. He commenced with one day per week with a class on a Wednesday evening plus a one
weekend hobby course.
Over the course of 18 years, Ross’ class has grown from the Wednesday only to now delivering 5
classes per week. His extensive knowledge of the antique trade and sense of humour means
students are inspired to restore furniture back to their former glory. Some wonderful friendships
have been formed over the years as well. Some of the students have shared some wonderful
feedback and a sample below is a great testimonial -
“Why do I still love French Polishing classes with Ross after 12 years of classes?
- I still can’t believe that rubbing a mixture of Lac beetle excrement and methylated spirits on
a piece of wooden furniture can make it look shiny and amazing.
- I can recover tired, worn out looking objects from the hard rubbish collection or scrap pile
and turn them into something that is beautiful and worth keeping (even though Ross says
they lack ‘quality’ and will never be valuable).
- There are always new techniques to learn and problems to solve – this has helped Ross’ hair
to go grey or even white over the years!
- The class is very friendly, supportive and encouraging. Ross is a wonderful teacher and you
get to meet people you wouldn’t normally mix with.
- It is much, much cheaper than other forms of therapy!”
As we move into 2020 there is a greater demand to be more sustainable – by providing classes like French Polishing it gives us a great opportunity to live by the mantra of the three R’s of
Sustainability: reduce, reuse and recycle.
If you have inherited a piece of furniture that you cannot bear to part with but it is looking very tired or dated – give it a new lease of life, rather than going to landfill. Instead it may be the new centre piece rather than just tucked into a corner.
Join us at the Cottage in 2020 with a great selection of classes either day or night throughout the
week. See our program for further details.
Phone: 9722 1944
In a kitchen in Templestowe Lower, a group of volunteers spend a few mornings a week preparing meals to be distributed to families and individuals in need. Started in 2017, the Eat and Greet program at Living and Learning at Ajani is a free meals program run in partnership with Doncare.
Supplies for the meals are either sourced from the organic community garden at the centre, purchased from Foodbank Victoria or donated by a range of local businesses and community members. Recent fundraising efforts mean the program will distribute a festive food pack during December, including seasonal treats to make the holiday season special for all.
Donate fresh food for Eat and Greet!
Eat and Greet is looking for donations of ingredients from local suppliers, stores or home gardeners. With many home gardens flourishing and the holiday season upon us, now is a great time to donate.
Volunteers are also welcome to join the program.
Living and Learning @ Ajani, 2/284 Thompsons Road, Templestowe Lower, 3107
Phone: (03) 9850 3687
Congratulations to the Skills to Apply for Work group who successfully completed a five session course.
Pines Learning have successfully delivered this free course for several years due to the on-going support and funding from Doncaster East and Templestowe Village Community Bank, Bendigo Bank.
On this occasion the group were joined by Lilian Gomez, Templestowe Village Branch Manager, to acknowledge their achievements and help hand out certificates.
Armed with a professional resume, cover letter and skills to present and interview well, we are confident that participants are fully prepared for the challenges of navigating the job market. We wish them well with their job seeking and we would like to thank Bendigo Bank once again for sponsoring this valuable course.
In the past, many students have been successful in finding employment or found a new career direction as a result of the course, not to mention our excellent trainers who strive to make a difference in people’s lives.
Please refer to the Pines Learning website for the next course, to begin in February 2020.
In November 2019 the Department of Education and Training released the Ministerial Statement for "the Future of Adult Community Education in Victoria 2020 - 2025".
This document discusses the importance of community providers for adult learns and how these providers, like ourselves, are continuing to prove their importance and necessity in the community.
We are pleased to be supported and recognised by the Victorian Government in the Adult Education sector. They offer valuable funding, allowing us to provide a variety of affordable courses for you! The courses funded by the Victorian Government are known as "Learn Local" courses, funded by ACFE.
So what is ACFE and what does it mean for you?
ACFE stands for Adult, Community and Further Education. Through the ACFE Board, the Victoria Government provide funding to organisations like us, to facilitate the delivery of pre-accredited education and training programs to a range of Victorians.
The funding ACFE provides allows us to offer affordable short courses aimed at school leavers, young people, older people, people with special needs and people from diverse cultural backgrounds. The courses are designed to help you learn work skills, increase knowledge for your job, develop your small business or try for a new career!
The underpinning values outlined in the Statement are;
- education is crucial to enabling people to participate fairly and equitably in society
- inclusion and universal access to core education and training are fundamental rights
- the learner is at the centre of adult community education
- adult community education plays an essential role within the broader post-secondary education system.
The purpose of this document is to outline the findings of research undertaken in previous years about who engaged in Adult Community Education and how successful the training was.
The analysis found that "of those who undertake pre-accredited training, and transition to accredited training, 78 per cent complete and attain their accredited qualification". This shows how beneficial these ACFE courses are.
The full ministerial statement can be found below:
On the 30th November, Warrandyte Neighbourhood House are running workshops to create Christmas gifts and decorations. These homemade Christmas ideas will take the stress out of Christmas shopping, not to mention the expense! Head over to the beautiful suburb of Warrandyte, spend the day learning new crafts and come home with your Christmas presents sorted!
There are two workshops on offer, or sign up for both and receive a discount!
The morning workshop, "a Handcrafted Christmas", 10:30am - 1:30pm, offers the chance to create a variety of Christmas themed gifts.
- You will be shown how to make bath bombs at home, a perfect gift idea for a friend that needs some pampering, or simply anyone that loves a bath!
- Be guided through rolling your own wax candle, suitable as a table centerpiece, addition to a hamper pack, or a small gift for someone special.
- Get your hands dirty whilst making clay tree decorations, the perfect new addition to your Christmas tree, it doesn't get better than something handmade!
- Finally, your taste buds will be tingling as we end the session with Cumberland butter, otherwise known as Brandy butter. Add this to your Christmas feast and your family will never forget it! After the workshop you will have the knowledge to recreate it at home, no Christmas will be the same without Cumberland butter!
For $55, you will be taking home four Christmas themed gifts and decorations, not to mention a wealth of knowledge for the future, this workshop cannot be missed!
The afternoon workshop, "Bush Christmas Wreath", 2pm - 4pm.
Create a wonderful rustic Christmas wreath using natural material collected from your garden. The method can be adapted to make a festive centerpiece, candleholder, decorations and various sized wreaths. You will learn how to weave vines into a wreath and decorate. Vine weaving is a very pleasant and relaxing activity. Bring this talent home with you and you could be creating beautiful wreaths for every occasion!
Whilst a quantity of materials will be available, this workshop focuses on making a wreath out of things from your garden, so you can make a wreath anytime you want to, in the future. A reasonable quantity of vines is needed. If sourcing vines is difficult for you, please call Warrandyte Neighbourhood House and they will be able to help you.
This workshop is $35 or combine the morning and afternoon workshops for $85, saving $5.
Contact Warrandyte Neighbourhood House for more information and to book!
Phone: 9844 1839
or visit their website: www.warrandyteneighbourhoodhouse.org.au/book-online
On Friday 8th November, the Park Orchards Community House and Learning Centre hosted the official opening of their new Childcare and Community building, a room to play, learn, grow and share!
It has been years of hard work and determination from the staff and board members of the centre to get this building up and running. The facility will provide families in the area greater availabilty to their childcare service. The building will also be used for community events and classes, it is wheelchair accessible, making it an asset to the community.
"The Community House currently hosts a range of activities for members of the community including education and care for children aged 0-5, school holiday programs, health and wellbeing classes, art and creativity workshops and community information sessions
Over the past six years, enrolments at the Community House have tripled, prompting the organisation to apply to Pick My Project for funding to create a new multi-purpose space to ‘play, learn, grow and share’.
The new community building, which has been built behind the Community House, will provide innovative courses, classes and activities to improve the social connection and well-being of the residents.
This project will also assist the organisation’s continued efforts to empower the community in the prevention of family violence and gambling harm through new community assistance programs for local families."
Sonja Terpstra MP
Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region
If you would like to know more about this new facility and Childcare at Park Orchards, click here
Manningham Learns, a strategic alliance of all the neighbourhood houses in Manningham, was officially launched on October 18 2017. The managers of each participating organisation are pictured here celebrating the culmination of an 18-month project while simultaneously looking forward to exciting opportunities ahead. The promise Manningham Learns makes to the community is - we will learn together. People are our priority. Collectively we have an amazing array of services to offer over 5 different locations all of which are now easily accessible through one website manninghamlearns.com. No one is turned away empty handed regardless of age, gender, ability or background. If we can’t provide we offer advice and guidance on who can. We are now better equipped to support and encourage our community members to connect through many social and learning activities.