Neighbourhood Houses welcome people from all walks of life. Our inclusive programs and activities, provide opportunities for community members to enrich their lives through connections they might not otherwise make. The Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre (BNC) is located on the Phoenix College site behind the new basketball stadium in the Ballarat South Community Hub.
Adult Education Class of the Week
BNC is an approved Learn Local provider (pre-accredited learning) offering short (up to 20 hours) courses with small classes (between 6-10 learners) during school terms. All our courses are designed for learners to build confidence and skills, with many catering to learners who have not achieved Year 12 or an equivalent qualification and require support to return education, training or employment.
Cooking Up Jobs!
Learn about hospitality working in a real kitchen with this hands-on program designed to provide participants with a range of employability and hospitality skills.
This program runs over 9 weeks, two 5-hour practical sessions each week. Students attend Monday AND Thursday 9:00am – 2:30pm. The next class commences Monday 2nd May, 2022.
Activity of the Week
BNC brings people together to connect and participate in our local community through social, educational, recreational and support activities. From our volunteers in the community garden growing food for the Our Kitchen Social Enterprise to our weekly community lunches, we offer a range of services and activities to our community.
Harmony Festival (Friday 18th March @ 6pm) – FREE Family Event
Ballarat Community Health & Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre invite you to an evening that celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. Join us to send the message of ‘everybody belongs’ with special performances and food, plus a world of cultural activities. All welcome! Follow the hyperlink below to register.
DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND THIS EVENT – https://bit.ly/3uLaPvQ
Call Out for Volunteers
Ever considered volunteering? It’s a great way to make friends and gain experience. BNC has wonderful volunteers who contribute in many different ways. We’re currently looking for help to deliver our famous community lunches on Fridays, give us a call for more information.
Don’t miss out! You have until 30th June to claim $250!
The Victorian State Government’s Power Saving Bonus is a one-off payment to help eligible Victorians experiencing energy bills stress. Now available until 30th June, if you need help applying for this bonus online, we are here to help step you through it. Give Jess a call on 5329 3273.
To be eligible, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a Victorian residential energy consumer (i.e. have a residential electricity account)
- Be receiving payments under one of the following concession programs:
- Centrelink Pensioner Concession
- JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy
- Department of Veterans Affairs Pensioner Concession
- Or hold a Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card
Holders of Health Care Cards who are not recipients of Youth Allowance, JobSeeker, Austudy or Abstudy are not eligible.
We publish a newsletter every term to let our community know what we have planned for the term (only 4 per year). We also occasionally send out a special edition if there is something urgent or of community interest to share. Read the current newsletter here.
If you would like to sign up for the newsletter, you can do so on our website on the bottom of the page: www.ballaratnc.org.au
Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre
11 Tuppen Drive, Sebastopol
Phone: 5329 3273