Living, learning, skills and wellbeing in our thriving community
Where does the time go?!

The year so far has been jam packed full of activity at Living & Learning Pakenham. Recently we participated in the Pakenham Show and on a glorious sunny Saturday the building was buzzing with children, families and individuals from all corners of our great community.

Then came Harmony Day in which we reflected on the things that make our community great: inclusiveness, diversity, respect and compassion. Like many we were distraught as the tragedy unfolded in New Zealand but our resolve to see an end to bigotry and racism has only strengthened. There will always be a place for everyone here at LLP.

Some great initiatives are happening at the centre. One of these is the redevelopment of the Community Garden. We’re excited about the garden becoming an even greater focal point and much loved resource for the community.

As part of the redesign LLP is launching a sponsorship drive for our Friendship Path. If you’d like to leave your mark on our evolving history please consider buying a brick paver for the path. Details are in this newsletter.

We hope your year is progressing well. As always we’d love to see you at the centre.

Miriam - CEO
Harmony Day: A celebration of our diverse community
Living & Learning Pakenham celebrated Harmony Day on March 20th. People from all over Pakenham and Cardinia Shire came together to mark this important day, which reminds us that in a multicultural society like Australia’s, everyone belongs.

LLP board president Ian Fraser told the audience that “The vast majority of Australians are lovely, warm, generous, good hearted people”, and “this day is about them.”
He reminded those gathered that there was a welcome here at Living & Learning Pakenham for everyone, “no matter where you come from or what your background and beliefs are.”
In a gesture of respect and solidarity with the people of New Zealand, LLP’s CEO Miriam Cadwallader, who hails from New Zealand’s north island, opened proceedings with a traditional Maori welcome.
After formalities Cardinia Men’s Shed and students from the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and English as an Additional Language (EAL) sang the Beatles classic song With A Little Help From My Friends. The Harmony Day banner, created by the justice program, was unveiled and Sasha sang Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful.
Shama Perveen and Carlyle Complete Catering provided a delicious lunch of Afghani and Australian cuisine.
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Community Garden to receive a makeover
Pakenham Community Garden will undergo a complete revamp thanks to some generous funding by Pakenham Racecourse and the Cardinia Shire Council.

The revamp will help realise our vision of becoming one of the most dynamic, inclusive and sustainable community gardens in south east Victoria, if not the state.

The new design will incorporate:
  • Several wicking and raised garden beds for people of all abilities and ages
  • A fruit orchard
  • A children’s garden play space
  • A native food and flower garden
  • An outdoor classroom
Work on the new design will be undertaken in stages over the next 12 months beginning with the Community Compost Hub which will be launched soon. The image above is an original concept drawing and updates will be displayed in the garden as work progresses.  

Follow us on Facebook ( to stay up to date on developments in the garden, find out when working bees will be held and how you can get involved. It is also a great way to learn about different plants and growing methods.
Become a part of history, sponsor a paver for our Friendship Path
Living & Learning Pakenham is celebrating 30 years of delivering programs and supporting the Cardinia community, having started life way back in 1989 as the Pakenham Neighbourhood House.

To commemorate this important milestone we are constructing a Friendship Path as part of the Community Garden redevelopment.

The path will be accessible to all users of the PB Ronald Reserve and will serve to acknowledge the diverse nature of the Pakenham community. It is hoped the path will become a symbol for leading many diverse friends toward a place of harmony, connection and engagement, not only with one another, but also to our natural environment.

Help us to make the path a reality by sponsoring a paver. You can include your name or a hand drawn design or even a company logo to promote your group or business. Various packages are available, from single bricks for individuals, up to 16-brick blocks for businesses.

Contact reception on 5941 2389 for further information or download an order form here.
Meet Mali, LLP's wellbeing manager 
The LLP community’s wellbeing is firmly at the core of Mali’s role.  A qualified counsellor who also sees clients in private practice, Mali’s varied tasks include:
  • Counselling: A private and confidential service working one-on-one with people who may be experiencing anxiety, depression and family violence. Mali also supports people with disabilities to participate in centre activities and provides referral services to people with specific needs, such as job seeking, legal advice, youth services and settlement services.
  • Community Development. Mali works with all of LLP’s user groups to foster a sense of inclusion and community.
  • Program Design. Mali initiates and designs innovative programs for specific groups, including The Couch Project and One Culture, Many Careers
  • Art Projects. Many of the artworks in the centre were Mali’s brainchild, including the foyer welcome sign and mosaic pots and the Refugee Day Friendship Ribbon in the lounge.
  • Resident Interior Decorator. Mali’s aim is to create a warm and welcoming space where people can feel nourished, nurtured and included.
To make an appointment with Mali simply contact reception. The service is free for currently enrolled LLP students. For non-enrolled students a sliding scale fee applies. Counselling is $30 for members of the general public who hold a concession card.
Painting for Non Profit: Innovative art and rehabilitation project
In 2019 Living & Learning Pakenham has again partnered with Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) and the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) to offer the Painting for Non-profit course. The course is an initiative of the South East Metropolitan Region Community Work Program.

This innovative course offers individuals subject to a community service order the chance to participate in a worthwhile community based activity.  Participants produce finished works of art that are then donated to not-for-profit community organisations.

Participants enter the program with little or no art experience. Along the way they learn painting techniques, as well as ‘employability skills’, like communication, teamwork, self-management and problem solving.

Testament to the quality of the program was achieving first prize in the Yakkerboo Art Exhibition in 2018 (‘Cardinia Shire 150 years’ category) for the piece Bushfire! The CFA at work. The work, shown above (right), which measures 2.6m x 1.4m was donated to the Pakenham CFA Fire Brigade. It now has pride of place at the entrance to the CFA and police station complex in Pakenham.

If you’re involved in a community group or not for profit organisation and would like more information on this unique initiative please contact reception on 5941 2389.
What's On
Term II Courses 
So many great courses available in Term II. Click on the guide to download a copy, or contact reception on 5941 2389 for further information.  Term II courses include:
  • English Language for Living and Working in Australia
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Introduction to Computers for Migrants
  • Microsoft Office Suite Programs
  • Painting Classes
  • Bookworms Book Club
  • African Drumming
  • Tai Chi
  • Functional & Fun Exercise Classes
  • Pilates
  • High Low Intensity Training
  • Boxing
  • First Aid
Nationally recognised training in partnership with Merinda Park Learning & Community Centre
Living & Learning Pakenham is proud to partner with Merinda Park Learning and Community Centre to offer a range of nationally accredited courses from our premises at 6B Henry Street, Pakenham. Merinda Park Learning and Community Centre is a registered training organisation (RTO 3952).

The following courses run throughout the year.  Please phone Merinda Park's reception on 5996 9056 for further information, or visit the links to Merinda Park's website.

Community Services
Education Support and Care Early Childhood Education and Care Secondary Education Secondary Education
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea
Join us at 12 o'clock midday on Thursday 23rd of May and share in Australia's biggest morning tea. This activity will replace our Community Lunch on that day. Come to reception, give a donation of $5, get your ticket and enjoy a scrumptious light lunch. Cupcakes, sausages, sandwiches, and much more, will be on offer.

Come along and have a chat, meet new friends and help raise funds for the Cancer Council.
Community Grocer
The Community Grocer runs a weekly produce market in the community garden each Thursday from 9:00am until 1:00pm.

Produce is sourced directly mainly from local farms and is offered to the community at very reasonable prices.

Come along and buy your fresh fruit and veggies at great prices and support your local farming community.
Community Lunch
Every  Thursday (except school holidays) from 12:15pm Living & Learning Pakenham hosts a community lunch. For a small cost of $5.00 donation per meal we invite all members of the community to come and have a chat, meet new friends and enjoy a delicious light lunch.  

Menus change regularly and there is always something appetising to suit every taste.   

We very much look forward to seeing you there.
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