Lifelong Learning Comes Alive
Learning Beyond Retirement
Terry from St. Albans has lived in Brimbank most of his life, he always had a keen interest in woodworking but was time poor during his working life and did not have much of an opportunity to pursue it as a hobby.
Learning Beyond Language Barriers
Farial, a 62-year-old Iraqi woman, embarked on a remarkable learning journey when she and her family immigrated to Australia in 2000. Armed with a master's degree in engineering, Farial believed that finding suitable employment would be a straightforward task. However, the language barrier and unfamiliarity with the Australian accent proved to be significant obstacles.
Learning Through Dance
Reg has been an active member of many of Melton's Community Learning programs across Community Centres and Libraries. We chatted with him after the Rock and Roll Line Dancing class, which he finds energising for both body and spirit.
Learning At Hume Libraries
“I’m not good on the phone, I don’t know about email. I’m so slow.
Usually, I come for grammar. I speak English not too bad, but reading and writing is very poor.
I love the place here [the library]. It’s a very nice place...
From Cambridge to Mayor of Wyndham
Meet Cr Susan McIntyre
Cr Susan McIntyre has always been a learner at heart, and her journey has taken her from a state school in Northwest England to Cambridge University to study Law. Then she became a solicitor and later ventured into retail management, with a focus on HR.
As a voice for the community, Cr McIntyre helps to create a better Wyndham, and this drives her passion for lifelong learning.
Learning To Get Online
I always enjoyed learning and this is more than just a necessity with me, it’s social as well.
You meet people in the same boat and same situations and we always compare what we learn and share information and help each other.
Learning Through Community
Meet Anvil and Preeti
Anvil and Preeti have been active community leaders, participating in many learning programs offered across Melton Libraries and Community Centres.
“We saw members of our [Indian] community feeling very lonely, so we decided to form an Association to bring them together for social, health and art programs”, Preeti explained over a great Indian lunch being offered by the community.
Learning Through Volunteering
Trish is a volunteer facilitator for the Aspire All Abilities Social Club. “I help with social and exercise activities – I find it is so important to contribute to the community and I find the energy of this group and their carers very inspirational.”
Meet The Greek Seniors Digital Literacy Class
“She hopes that the best experience will be to open the iPad up and just find whatever she likes… to just open up the world in front of her.” Anestis (teacher, Pronia) with student in her first class.
Learning As A Family
Meet Manikya and Aneisha
“We have learned about being a part of community, especially Aneisha. Her learning here also includes her vocabulary, this [story time session] really is highly educational, and of course she enjoys it too..."
Learning, Culture and Family
Meet Aunty Jeanie Mason
Aunty Jeanie Mason, a respected community elder, serves as both an artist and curator for the Be Bold Blakout exhibition held at the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre (30 June – 6 Sep 2023).
Learning Through Craft
Meet Tarneit's Social Craft Group
The Wednesday Craft Social group emerged two decades ago, supported by Kookaburra House (now Wyndham Park Community Centre), where members gathered informally every week for needlework and knitting teddies.
Over time, their meetings shifted to various locations, such as Julia Gaillard Library and now at Tarneit Community Learning Centre.
Learning Beyond Barriers
Meet Awuur Makeer
Learning something new always presents its challenges, and Awuur embraces the continuous learning process. Arriving in Australia without any knowledge of the English language was a daunting experience.
The culture shock and communication barriers were significant obstacles, but Awuur and her siblings found ways to adapt and overcome.
“I’m always learning different ways to be more honest, compassionate and personally responsible…which can be a challenge at times! That has been a 25 year journey since I first started the Avatar course.”
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