Upgrades and new offers at Healesville Living & Learning Centre

Left: Maggie Toko (Mental Health and Wellbeing Commissioner), Merilyn Duff (Ochre Program Team Leader, Mullum Mullum) Kellie McPherson (Community Development Officer SYR), Shona Rimmer (Community Development Coordinator Healesville Living and Learning Centre), Ally Pain (Mental Health Complaints Commission). Picture: SUPPLIED

Healesville Living and Learning Centre is pleased to be moving into another year of service to the Healesville community.

From our visit from Maggie Toko, Mental Health Complaints Commissioner, to our new Women’s Space group, we are making moves in many great community development areas. We also have some of our usual favourites returning in our ACFE space, including Computers and Devices, Auslan and Permaculture.

HLLC is dedicated to promoting inclusion through all aspects of our work. We have our regular Healesville Pride dinner; the next one coming up is on 25 May. It has been so lovely to join this ever-changing group, and listen to their experiences and needs. We would also like to form a steering group for our LGBTQIA+ community, to lead us forward in giving support and expanding our services.

Our Bush Tucker garden has had a recent upgrade. We are looking to share the benefits of this area with not only our ‘Knowing Australian Plants’ class, but are in discussions with Oonah and the Indigenous Health Team from Eastern Health to look at ways the garden can be utilised by their groups also.

HLLC recently became the auspice for the very well-established Healesville Women 4 Women. Our International Womens Dinner made a return after many years and we hope this is the first event of many to share. Our Women Space will begin on 3 May. We would like to say a big thank you to the Eastern Community Legal Centre for the many years of support offered to HW4W. You did a brilliant job and we have big shoes to fill!

Our Community Development Coordinator, Shona Rimmer, is available Tuesday to Thursday to assist with making connections to people and services in the community. You can access her support in accessing the State Governments Energy Rebate and Casual Sick Leave Schemes, bookings are essential. We would love to hear about anything you would like us to be offering, so feel free to pop in and have a chat.

Please call, or stop in to make a booking for any of our programs and classes. You can contact us on 0359625982, Monday-Thursday 9 to 5pm.