Educational and Language Resources

On this page, we have included information about various organisations within our region that provide specific educational and language services or provide support for those seeking to further their education in general or through improving their English language ability.

Education CHANCES Scholarship Program

The Education CHANCES Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students aged 12 to 25 who live or study in Boroondara and whose families are experiencing financial hardship.

If you are a financially disadvantaged young person attending school in Boroondara, the social divide is clearly visible. It is harder for young people from financially disadvantaged homes to achieve educationally, due to limited resources: inability to buy textbooks, computer supplies and meet the costs of camps and excursions. These situations can restrict the young person’s ability to participate in extracurricular, social, or cultural activities, which may lead to social isolation and adversely affect their educational achievements.

Scholarship Applications

Education CHANCES supports qualifying students year on year throughout their secondary and tertiary education, providing long term financial security towards completion of their studies and the pursuit of a meaningful career.

An Education CHANCES scholar receives financial support which can be used to provide school essentials; including textbooks, MYKI cards, computers, IT costs, uniform costs, participation in extracurricular school activities (school sport, outings, events, music lessons, excursions, camps and leadership activities).

Approximately 100 to 130 scholarships are awarded each year. For information about applying for a scholarship, go here.

For further information contact:

Giant Steps Melbourne

Giant Steps is a registered charity and also a school located in Kew that supports children and adults on the autism spectrum. We do not charge fees and rely heavily on the fundraising efforts of our families and the wider community.

Alamein Neighbourhood Learning Centre (ANLC)

A not-for-profit organisation delivering low-cost adult education, short courses, lifestyle and wellbeing classes, pre-accredited training, and inclusive support services for our local community.
Our friendly, accessible programs include the Men’s Shed, Community Garden, Pathways to Employment courses, Commonwealth Home Support (CHSP), and engaging activities and events for those who are isolated or disadvantaged.
We’re back at 49 Ashburn Grove, Ashburton! We look forward to seeing you at our recently redeveloped Centre. If you haven’t visited, come in and take a tour! Everyone is welcome!

U3A Hawthorn – Your Gateway to learning

U3A Hawthorn was established for people in their third age who are over the age of 55 and are retired or are semi-retired. Our Mission is to provide opportunities for seniors to learn, teach, share and to give mutual support to each other in a friendly and warm environment, regardless of ethnicity, religion, ability or disability.

Our courses cover a wide range of interest areas, from academic to physical and artistic activities. Our members enjoy both the intellectual engagement and the social aspect of our courses.

U3A Hawthorn is open to anyone who is retired or no longer working full time. No qualifications are required to join. Our courses are non-competitive, without marks or exams. We focus on enabling members to expand their knowledge in existing areas, and to explore new fields and activities.

Phone: 9821 0282.  Email:  Website:  Office Hours 9.30am to 4pm

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Bored in retirement and wanting to enjoy it more? At U3A Ringwood we offer, the retired and the semi-retired in and around Ringwood and Maroondah, a lively spectrum of low cost retirement activities to challenge and engage your mind and body.

Why not make your third age the time of your life?  You’re never too old to learn something new. We have over 40 classes running every week and cover a wide range of interests including exercise, yoga, wine tasting, chess, 500, history and many more.

Ringwood U3A is located primarily in two central areas with public transport nearby. Our primary location and our office are located in the Parkwood Community Hub building at 35-39 Tortice Drive Ringwood North. We hold most of our larger and activity based classes at Kevin Pratt Pavilion (also known as the Norwood Sporting Club building) located at 58-60 Mullum Mullum Road, Ringwood. We hold our Line Dancing class at the 4th Ringwood Scout Group Hall located at 17 Mines Road, Ringwood  East, Vic (opposite the Karralyka Centre).

We are a small and friendly group and encourage you to check out our website or email

Our tutors are very much appreciated and an annual lunch is our way of thanking them for all their hard work and selfless input to running their classes. Shown in this photo are tutors from Armchair Travel, Card Making, Elders and the Law, Current Affairs, Line Dancing and Scrabble.