The aim of the Local Learning Network 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

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Call for partners, educators and community groups

The  ‘Local Learning Network’ is calling for volunteers to help run short courses, workshops or come-and-try days 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 Local Learning Network 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. 

How: The Learning Network staff 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 1-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 us 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 Local Learning Network please contact Karla Steen, Team Leader at The Learning Network on [email protected] or phone 4194 3000.