Narre Community Learning Centre (NCLC) is a community based education and human services organisation based in Narre Warren, 38 kilometres south-east of Melbourne.
The Centre was established in December 1981 under the title of Narre Neighbours.
In 1982 it had 35 enrolled students, at one campus site and a budget of $2,000. Today, it has approximately 2,200 enrolments, 2 sites and an operational budget of in excess of $1.6 million.
NCLC was established in response to local community need, particularly among women, for enhanced opportunities for socialisation within a remote suburban setting. By 1994, the pattern of fast growth in membership numbers and programs had stabilised, reflecting the stage of maturity the Centre had reached in the organisational life-cycle.
Since its inception there have been several name changes from Narre Warren Neighbours to Narre Neighbours Inc. to its current title Narre Community Learning Centre. This latest change was instigated in 1997 to deflect community identity confusion with Neighbourhood Watch, but more importantly to reflect a change in culture with a greater emphasis upon the provision of community learning and accredited training programs.
The functions of Narre Community Learning Centre have expanded as the organisation has continued to service growing community demands. The breadth of NCLC’s operations has seen the organisation become renowned as a major provider of education and training and as a contributor to local and state policy processes.
The most commendable aspect of this is that we have matured and successfully expanded our operations, whilst maintaining a ‘grass roots’ community focussed philosophical base for informing decision making and activities.
We are a not-for-profit organisation that champions community development through education. Our current range of services include pre-kindergarten programs, youth programs for years 9 to 12, literacy and migrant english, a range of accredited courses, many hobby and special interest courses and groups and the Neighbourhood House.
Narre Community Learning Centre managed an historic venue in Berwick, the Old Cheese Factory, for the City of Casey from 1 March 1999 until 30 June 2011, when management reverted to the City of Casey.