Living, learning, skills and wellbeing in our thriving community
We are immensely proud of our thriving community here at Living & Learning Pakenham; the many friendships made, the diversity of people and their interests, and the creativity of our members, and we want to share some of their fabulous stories with you.

This is our first newsletter and it's about informing, and, hopefully, entertaining you, about the wonderful activities happening at our centre so that you may be inspired to connect with us if you haven't already, and to reconnect with us if we've happened to lose touch.

We hope you enjoy reading this newsletter and we genuinely hope that you might feel encouraged to offer us your feedback if you have a comment to make.

But, of course, if this publication isn't for you, you'll find an unsubscribe button at the bottom of the page. 

Women's friendship cafe

Women's friendship cafe
The Women's Friendship Cafe comes together every Thursday from 9:00am to 12:00pm.  It is a chance for any woman to meet new friends, to feel being part of the Pakenham community and to share our experiences.

This helps us to build our self-esteem, brings us out of isolation and empowers women through different innovative self-driven projects.

Currently, we are decorating gift bags for women participating in our end of the year celebration and would like to invite all women to join us.

For further information please contact Living and Learning Centre on 5941 2389 or Jolene on 0417 563 578.

Cardinia Men's Shed

"Most men have learned from our culture that they don’t talk about feelings and emotions many do not take an interest in their own health and well-being. Unlike women, most men are reluctant to talk about their emotions and that means that they usually don’t ask for help. Probably because of this, many men are less healthy than women, drink more, take more risks and suffer more from isolation, loneliness and depression. Relationship breakdown, retrenchment or early retirement from a job, loss of children following divorce, physical or mental illness are just some of the problems that men may find difficult to deal with on their own."

Cardinia Men's Shed is about mates, friendship, support and community.  You don't have to be involved in woodwork, though if you want you can. It's more about social inclusion, having a cuppa and a chat with a bunch of friendly fellas.

We currently have some specialist groups that suit different interests - woodworkers, choirs, art and social groups. So why not come along and talk to a mate.

This year the Men's Shed, in a collaboration with Living & Learning Pakenham, Merinda Park Learning and Community Centre, Bunnings and our VCAL students, came together to mentor, teach, learn new skills, up-cycle and create furniture pieces. On their journey of creation, the VCAL students also learnt skills to plan, budget, market and sell their pieces. All proceeds are going back back to the Couch Project for the next round of VCAL students.

The Men's Shed meets every Wednesday from 9:30am. Contact reception for more information.
Courses and classes - everything from computers, to painting classes to aged care and more
This year has certainly been a busy one with so many of our classes full to capacity. It's been wonderful to see so many happy students coming and going and participating in the different activities that we offer here at Living & Learning Pakenham. 

We are thrilled to announce that on Friday, 9th of November, two new fitness classes commenced with Sandra - a high intensity, low impact workout class and a boxing class. We look forward to these classes becoming a regular part of our programming.

Next year we'll again be offering our funded English classes and hope to see all our dedicated students back again.  We'll be sending an enrolment form out before the end of the year so that all students will have the opportunity to re-enrol prior to the Christmas break and before the start of term 1.

Our usual programming will continue in 2019 with our regular classes, including Functional and Fun Fitness, Pilates, Painting and Bookworms Book Club.  As well, we'll have our program partners Merinda Park Learning and Community Centre and Chisholm TAFE who will be running the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, Individual Support, Disability and the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP).

We are always keen to offer new classes, so please give us your ideas or suggestions.  If you know anybody who has a special skill or talent, ask them to get in contact with us if they are interested in teaching this skill or talent to others.
Staff Spotlight: 20 Questions in 60 Seconds

Meet our friendly administration manager, Linda.

Title of your autobiography?  A life well lived – fingers crossed
One thing you'd love to learn?  Speak Italian 
First thing you'd do if you win the lottery? Have a big party and give most of it away to family and charities
You have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you spend it?  What’s that? Sit in silence.
Which fictional character are you?  Wonder Women
What did you want to be growing up?  I wanted to be a vet until Year 8 Biology - I nearly passed out dissecting a frog.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour are you and why?  Sea Blue – it’s my favourite colour and I love the sea.
Favourite indoor or outdoor activity? I love walking and watching basketball, netball and AFL football.
Chore do you absolutely hate doing?  Cleaning the oven.
Anyone, living or dead, you love to meet?  John Lennon.
One food you wish had zero calories?  Ice-cream.
At what age did you become an adult?  18 - but my sisters would sneak me in to Studio 54 (Disco) at age 16.  ha ha!
Hometown?  North Dandenong.
One thing you cannot resist?  Definitely shoes and a good bargain.
Coolest (or most important) trend you see today?  I’m one of those smashed avocado lovers.
What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had?  Not exactly weird, but I worked for Princess Diana’s Physiotherapist whilst living in London.
One thing most people don’t know about you?  In my twenties I loved lifting weights/body building.
TV show/movie you're ashamed to admit you love?  Austin Powers movies
Favourite place to eat?  Chilli Chive, Beaconsfield - Thai.
Your favourite thing about working at Living & Learning?  The staff and students and the satisfaction of helping people.
What's On
Art Exhibition
The end of year art exhibition is a celebration of students' work created in the painting class this year. The display incorporates 40 pieces by 22 artists and is a stunning display of diverse styles, techniques, colours and themes. It very much reflects the diversity of our community here at Living Learning Pakenham.

Many of the pieces are for sale. So come along and grab yourself an original - who knows where its value may go in the future. Artist Donna Judge has pledged the proceeds of the sale of her works toward the care of a family member suffering a mental illness, so you will also be supporting a great cause. 

Everyone is invited to come check out the display. The exhibition is open weekdays from November 8 until December 6.
Community Grocer
The Community Grocer runs a weekly produce market at Living Learning Pakenham 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 second Thursday from 12:15pm Living Learning Pakenham hosts a community lunch. For a small cost of $5.00 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.   

The next community lunch is on December 6.  Space in the dining hall is limited so please call reception on 5941 1389 to book a place or email

We very much look forward to seeing you there.
Contact Us
Living Learning Pakenham 
(03) 5941 2389 
6B Henry Street, Pakenham 3810
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