About Us

What is a Neighbourhood Centre?

Neighbourhood Centres, or Houses, bring people together to connect, learn and contribute in their local community through social, educational, recreational and support activities, using a unique community development approach.

Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre improves our local community by delivering skills and training, working with other community organisations to create employment, training and volunteering opportunities and by working together with residents and others to make our neighbourhoods the best they can be.

What can you learn at BNC?

Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre has years of experience in working with learners to design programs suited to their individual needs. We deliver Learn Local programs, also known as pre-accredited learning. These programs are designed to help you gain the confidence and skills needed to look for a job or go on to further study. They include courses in job search skills, getting ready to go back to work, business and IT skills, and literacy and numeracy.

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What support can I get for looking for work?

The Jobs Victoria Work & Learning Centre Ballarat provides support to people entering or re-entering the workforce.  Looking for work and sourcing the skills can be complicated and confusing.  Our Advisors spend time with you one-on-one and work with you to develop a plan, improve your job seeking skills and employability.  We can also help you find volunteering and work experience, all great opportunities to improve your work readiness. You can find out more here.

Our History

The Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre has been active since 1980. Formally known as the Ballarat East Community House, the Centre began as an Occasional Creche held in a Church hall. It became apparent that many people were isolated from family, relatives and friends. The women had needs other than childcare, which could not be met by existing services. Efforts were made to obtain suitable premises and in 1982 the Ballarat East Community House opened.

During the following years the Centre has offered a wide variety of courses and activities for an ever increasing number of people living in and around Ballarat. In 2012 BECH changed its name to Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre. Soon the Centre outgrew its little premises and settled into the Ballarat South Community Hub in January of 2013.

Now at home in the Hub, Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre offers Learn Local preaccredited training, supports the community through advocacy and activities, and is home to the Work & Learning Centre. The Work & Learning Centre offers one on one employment support to those experiencing long term unemployment.

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