Author Archives: Michael Chalk

Wonderful student feedback!

We were delighted to receive the following letter from students in one of our Welcome to Computers classes (slightly edited):

“Just wanted to say what an amazing tutor we’ve had in our class…
I’ve found Michael to be extremely patient & gentle with us all…recognising that we were all at different & individual stages.
Michael has a real gift, especially with ‘older students’ – so respectful…
I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to give credit where it is due. Great class, everyone thinks so. Well done.
Lee, Babita, Maria, Kalpana, Jone, Dragan, Renata

An exciting management opportunity for you?

Lalor Living & Learning Centre is recruiting an Executive Officer,

Working under the delegated authority of the Committee of Governance, the Executive Officer (Manager) is responsible for achieving the organisation’s Vision, Purpose and Strategic Goals and Objectives. This includes:

– maintaining the ongoing viability and good practices of the organisation

– generating the next phase of growth and innovative practice

– maintaining the positive environment for all stakeholders which is safe, empowering, team-oriented and task-focussed.

The Executive Officer will provide leadership to the organisation in the areas of:
– people
– programs
– innovation
– outreach
– operations

Click here for a role description and application information:  LLLC Executive Officer role description

Applications close 16th May at 9am.

Joe’s Learning Adventure

Recently, one of our adult education students, Joe Xerri, spoke with Julie Johnston of the North-East Neighbourhood House Network (NENHN). He told her what it was like to return to learning as an adult. We think Joe’s story is wonderful!

Watch Joe’s interview below and see if you agree.

Another great Lalor Community Connection Day!

The Lalor Community Connection Day gets bigger every year!

On Saturday 25th March 2017 a fantastic crowd of local families came for free fun and entertainment, including:

  • petting zoo – cuddly animals AND creepy crawlies
  • Thomas the Tank Engine train
  • musicians and singers
  • free bbq
  • face painting and pirates
  • and so much more!


  • Lalor Living & Learning Centre (French St Hall)
  • Yarra Plenty Regional Library – Lalor
  • May Road shopping precinct – thanks to the Lalor Traders Association
  • and spaces in between

Annual General Meeting 2016

Members and guests attended Lalor Living & Learning Centre’s 29th Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 25th October, 2016. We were pleased to report that the organisation continues to deliver programs that meet the needs of our community and is in a sound financial position.

Our special guest was the new Chief Executive Officer of the City of Whittlesea, Mr Michael Wootten. Members were able to ask him questions about his view of the City of Whittlesea after 6 months in the role. Mr Wootten took time to listen to suggestions and to learn more about our suburb and the work of the Lalor Living & Learning Centre. Mr Wootten’s previous role was in the Country Fire Authority so he has lots of experience with community based organisations.

A few weeks after the Annual Meeting, our Manager, Alex Findlay, was able to have a really constructive meeting with the CEO regarding improvements in our French St Hall facilities and our general relationship with the City of Whittlesea.

For membership enquiries please contact Alex or Andrea in the office.

Occasional Childcare – better opening hours

Childcare at Lalor LLCLalor Living & Learning Centre is delighted to announce that our Childcare Service will now be open from 8.45am.

Occasional Childcare will now be available from 8.45am – 3.30pm Monday – Thursday during school terms.

Contact Cathy in the office on 9465 6409 to book a place for your child.

Lalor Community Connection Day 5th March 2016

Pirate PeteLots of families enjoyed a great time at the Lalor Community Connection Day on Saturday 5th March 2016. This free public event is co-hosted with the Yarra Plenty Regional Library (Lalor) and ran from 11am-1pm with activities in both venues.

Children were thrilled to experience cuddling baby animals at the petting zoo (some parents joined in too!). Others had their faces painted by Betsy the Clown while Pirate Pete did all sorts of pirate-y things.

There was a free sausage sizzle, singers, performers and magicians, children’s activities and heaps more across the whole area. Activities were held at Lalor Living & Learning Centre in the French Street Hall (47A French Street) and in the Yarra Plenty Regional Library – Lalor branch (May Road).

We are proud to co-host this annual community day with the Lalor library and look forward to seeing you in March 2017!