Pathways courses for carers

Check out the Learn Local Organisations near you to see if there is a Learn Local/ACFE funded program that you’d like to enrol in. The Linking Carers project will pay fees for carers to undertake up to two courses of their choice that will assist them with their pathways to further training or employment.

Please note that only the courses with this funding symbol are eligible. The project funding does not extend to recreation and leisure courses.


Community Teaching with Adults

The course will cover adult learning in a digital age by introducing you to how to design and deliver courses in an online or face to face environment. We will also look at developing appropriate PowerPoint presentations to compliment your teaching outcomes. Employment opportunities currently exist for teachers in your local neighbourhood house. No previous teaching experience required.

Mondays 9.30 am - 12 pm
9 Oct - 13 Nov (6 sessions)
Vermont South
Blended delivery (online or in person)

Cyber Safety Basics

Are you feeling nervous about being online? Have you been the target of an online scam or fraud? Do you know how to identify and respond to an online threat? There are many steps individuals can take to enhance their cyber security without requiring a significant investment or the help of an IT professional. Don’t wait until it is too late – our informative, easy to follow course is an excellent place to start. In eight, plain English sessions, you will gain an understanding of: 

Strategies for surfing the web safely 
Cybersecurity outside the home
Viruses and scams
Email threats
Identify theft
Data protection

Tuesdays 9.15 - 11.45
10 Oct - 5 Dec (No class on 7 Nov) (8 Sessions)
Pines Learning

Creative Community Connections - Art as Therapy

Whether it be for a new job, a career change, further study or simply volunteering, using the therapeutic and fun process of creating art, this course can assist you to increase your confidence and reveal your, yet to be discovered, abilities.

Tuesdays 10:00am - 1:30pm
10 Oct - 5 Dec (no class 7 Nov) (8 sessions)
Vermont South
Blended delivery (online or in person)

Permaculture Design

Learn how to read the landscape and design a productive ecosystem in partnership with nature to create natural abundance. You will also learn how to regenerate degraded landscapes and ecosystems and apply the principles to design for a property of any size. The information shared in this course can be applied immediately to improve your life, resilience, and well-being.

9 X Tuesdays & X3 Saturdays 9am - 4pm
10th Oct - 5th Dec (9 weeks)
Tuesday sessions Central Ringwood Community Centre
Bedford Park, Rosewarne Ln, Ringwood VIC 3134
Saturday sessions will be held off site (Location TBA)

Understanding and Self managing a NDIS plan

Each session will be presented with enough information to enable participants to undertake a short activity to customise their plan in order to apply their learning.

Wednesdays 9 am - 12 pm
11 Oct - 22 Nov (7 sessions)
Pines Learning

Digital Skills Series

This 5 session series will introduce a range of fun and interesting topics designed to help you become more tech savvy. Come to one or come to them all!

Learn about how to use Photoshop to edit photos, such as adding layers, text and other items to photos. You can even easily remove people and things from your photos!

Wednesday 10am-12pm
11 & 18 October (2 sessions)
$20 to attend all Digital Skills Series sessions or only 1 session

Search What you See with Google Lens
Delve into the many ways Google Lens can enhance your everyday life. From identifying objects and plants to translating text in real-time and accessing relevant information instantly, you'll learn how to harness the full potential of this groundbreaking technology.

Tuesday 1pm-3pm
24 October (1 session)
$20 to attend all Digital Skills Series sessions or only 1 session

Smart Ways to Use AI
Heard of ChatGPT and want to know more about it? Grow your understanding of how AI can be put to use in your personal and professional life and practical strategies, applications, and ethical considerations for harnessing AI's power effectively.

Friday 1-3pm
27 October (1 session)
$20 to attend all Digital Skills Series sessions or only 1 session

Hear about some of the latest online and email scams and how to protect yourself. Also learn what to do if you think you have been scammed.

Friday 1-3pm
3 November (1 session)
$20 to attend all Digital Skills Series sessions or only 1 session

Meditation to Manage Stress

Be guided through a valuable lesson on how to get on a new track towards better physical and mental health. This will be followed up by a guided meditation put into practice some of what you have learned. 

Thursdays 10 - 11am
12 Oct - 7th Dec (9 sessions)
Coonara (Online Only)

Introduction to Mental Health

Begin your journey into the mental health industry. Gain the essential skills needed to build meaningful connections, understand individuals’ needs, and foster collaborative relationships with those living with mental health challenges. Take the first step towards making a positive impact and pursuing a fulfilling career in this rewarding field.

Thursdays 10.30 - 12.30pm
12th Oct - 30th Nov (6 sessions)
Park Orchards
$75 Concession $40

Expressive Arts

Harness the potential of art for self-expression, personal growth, and holistic well-being. Over the course of six weeks, we'll guide you through a delightful journey of exploration and discovery, offering a pathway to meaningful change in your life.

Wednesdays 12.30 - 2.30 pm
18thOct - 22nd Nov (6 Sessions) 
Central Ringwood

XERO Cloud Accounting

Learn about XERO, the cloud based bookkeeping software that is essential to so many small businesses.

Saturdays 10 am - 12.30 pm
21 Oct - 9 Dec (8 Sessions)

Introduction to Medical Reception

Get a solid grounding in the expectations, tasks, skills and knowledge required to be a part of a Medical Practice administration team including how to use Pracsoft software.

Tuesdays 9.30 am - 2.30 pm
24 Oct - 5 Dec (No class 7 Nov) (6 Sessions)
Rowville CLC

Better Breathing for Life

Learn how to breathe slowly and deeply and reap the benefits of oxygen in your body
these techniques can improve your energy during the day and help you sleep at night.

Wednesday 2 - 3 pm
8th Nov (1 session)
Japara Neighbourhood House

Understanding Resilience

Meg, our experienced trainer, will teach and help you to learn strategies to build your resilience

Wednesday 6.30 - 8.30 pm
22 Nov (1 Session)

Introduction to Barista and Coffee Making

The purpose of this pre-vocational LEAP course is to engage participants seeking employment and/or further study in the Hospitality industry via a short and focused program with a practical hands on approach to basic Barista (coffee making) skills, as well as introducing learners to industry work health & safety requirements. It will enable learners to build their skills and confidence to participate in further education and training and/or employment.

Wednesday & Thursday 4 - 7 pm
22 & 23 Nov (2 Sessions)
Vermont South Neighbourhood House

From Stress to Strength

Understanding the stress response and developing strategies to manage your stress more effectively.

Wednesday 6.30 - 8.30 pm
29 Nov (1 session)