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New online hub supports lifelong learning

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A new online platform will better connect City of Casey residents with local learning opportunities at neighbourhood centres and community hubs.

Casey Connect and Learn is a recently established initiative that brings together classes, activities, and social groups across 14 neighbourhood houses and community learning centres. 

The platform is funded by Adult Community and Further Education as part of the Community Solutions Project and supported by the City of Casey.

Speaking on behalf of the Casey Connect and Learn Alliance, Manager of Balla Balla Community Centre Maree Cullinan described it as a ‘one stop shop’ for learning,  activities and opportunities in the City of Casey.

“In the past, people would need to go from community centre to community centre to see what was available,” Ms Cullinan said.

“This makes it easier for people to get the information they need to access the resources they need with the learner being the focus.”

City of Casey Chair of Administrators Noelene Duff PSM encouraged people to visit the portal and explore local learning opportunities. 

“The Casey Connect and Learn website allows users to research and browse classes, finding sessions close to home,” Ms Duff said.

“From arts and crafts to computer skills, language classes, book clubs and cooking, to more formal training in the accredited and pre-accredited space, this portal hosts a variety of local classes and workshops and can connect people to one nearby.”

The website has been developed to support those in the community where English is not their first language. By simply clicking a button, the website can be converted into the language of your choice.  

Local neighbourhood houses are listed on the website and range from Blind Bight through to Endeavour Hills and all suburbs in-between. 

Ms Cullinan looked forward to 2021 and said the focus for next year will be on providing people with the opportunities they need post COVID-19. 

“Our next focus will be what people's requirements are post-COVID-19. They might find themselves in a position where they need to find work, reskill or require support for their physical or mental health,” Ms Cullinan said.  

“We want to ensure we incorporate programs that will support people to lead their best life.”

So if you’re considering learning a new skill, would like to meet new people or are looking to get out of the house post COVID-19, visit Casey Connect and Learn and see what you can find!
 

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