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Toomah Community Centre

The construction of Toomah Community Centre is nearly complete and Living & Learning is eagerly anticipating establishing and managing the centre on behalf of the Cardinia Shire Council from January 2015. We are also establishing the social enterprise training cafe which we have named 'On Track Cafe' to represent its location, adjacent to the Cardinia Road Train Station and the fact that by undertaking hospitality skills and qualifications in the cafe, job seekers will increase their employability and get back 'On Track'. In developing the centre with partners Windermere Child and Family Services and the Cardinia Shire Council, Toomah will become a Skills and Wellbeing Centre with its purpose being to create Healthy Families and Connected Communities. Expressions of interest are now being accepted for use of the variety of meeting and consulting space. Please contact CEO Tammy Lobato for further information.

Thank you RE Ross Trust!

Living & Learning is very thankful for a $30,000 grant received from the RE Ross Trust for the development of our Cardinia Migrant Resource Centre. We are creating Cardinia's first Migrant Resource Centre that will comprehensively cater for the needs of migrants and refugees from the one centre in the municipality where our CALD community live - rather than how they currently have to navigate services throughout three municipalities. We are so delighted and thankful for the generosity of this wonderful philanthropic organisation. The R E Ross Trust is a perpetual charitable trust established in Victoria in 1970 by the will of the late Roy Everard Ross. Since its inception, the Ross Trust has distributed over $95 million in grants for charitable purpose in Victoria. Roy Everard Ross was born in July 1899 at Mansfield, Victoria and died in Melbourne in November 1970. He trained as a land surveyor and engineer and went on to become a property owner, businessman, investor and successful local government engineer. In 1968 Mr Ross founded Hillview Quarries at Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula. Hillview Quarries is wholly owned by the Ross Trust and its operations generate income for the Trust to distribute as grants. Mr Ross was a keen bushman with a strong interest in and extensive knowledge of native plants, trees and birds. His interest is reflected in his wish for the Trustees to take into consideration the ‘protection and preservation of flora and fauna’ when distributing the Trust’s income.

Special events

Room Hire

Our Henry Street Pakenham centre has a range of rooms available for hire. In the next couple of months we will also have additional space in our new state of the art Toomah Community Centre. With both centres, there is a wide range of space available for you to deliver your programs or business seminars. Call today to enquire about cost and availability.

English courses for migrants

We have a range of courses for migrants seeking to learn English. We have classes for every level of ability. We also have evening English classes for intermediate learners. This course will be perfect for those working during the day wanting to further their existing knowledge.