Would you like to learn a skill or hobby, meet new people and have fun?

Coming Soon

A new series of programs, workshops and come-n-try days at the new Local Learning Hub. The HBNC & Fraser Coast Mates are working to provide opportunities for individuals and groups to come together to share interests, have fun and meet new people.

The aim of the Local Learning Hub is to:

  • Provide a space for courses, workshops and come-n-try events for small groups to gather and share their hobbies.
  • Create a co-collaboration space to support innovation across the community
  • Support community groups to attract new members Increase community Cohesion
  • Increase community engagement 
  • Improve social wellbeing through socialisation
  • Support sharing of skills across generations
  • Encourage skills development and improve employment opportunities
  • Empower local community to create new networks, expand current networks and share resources


The  ‘Local Learning Hub’ is calling for volunteers to help run short courses, workshops or come-and-try days throughout late 2020 and early 2021 aimed at:

  • Teaching members of the community a new skill or hobby in a fun and welcoming environment;
  • Encouraging social interaction and helping local residents meet new people;
  • Assisting with the introduction of a new skill that may assist in gaining confidence,
  • Developing a skill that might help with life skills or success in the workplace.
  • Sharing knowledge about a particular area of interest, OR
  • Try out a community group or club that they may like to join.

Who: We would like to hear from anyone who has something they would like to teach, a skill or hobby to share; Or a club or group that might like to attract new members.

What: The Hub program will be developed in consultation with the volunteer educator and may consist of:

  • Courses held over 4 weeks (1-2 hours per week)
  • Half day workshops – approximately 4 hours
  • Come n Try events – either a few hours or a half day.
  • Other – as suggested by the volunteer educator

Programs could be held mornings, afternoons, evenings or weekends according to the volunteer instructor availability. The Hub will adhere to COVID guidelines and participants will be capped according to the venue capacity.

How: The Learning Hub will provide all marketing and promotion, venue hire and participant bookings, and some of the costs for resources (as agreed with the instructor), along with support preparing course materials, class plans and any other support required to run the course or workshop.

# Please note - All volunteers must complete the 2-hour Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre Volunteer Induction training and will be required to hold a current blue card. If you do not hold a Blue Card please let the Karla at Learning Hub know and we will help arrange one for you at no cost.

For more information or to discuss any ideas you may have for the Learning Hub please contact Karla Steen, Team Leader at The Learning Hub with Mates on [email protected] or phone – 41943000.

About the Learning Hub with Mates:

The Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre & Fraser Coast Mates are establishing a Local Learning Hub to provide opportunities for individuals and groups to come together and share their common interests, have fun and meet like-minded people in the community.

The Learning Hub has received funding from the Queensland Government Department of Communities Thriving Queensland Communities Grant.

If you are interested in more information about the Local Learning Hub please contact:

Karla Steen, Team Leader at the Local Learning Hub, email: [email protected]