In 1976, a group of like-minded Ashburton locals saw the need for a neighbourhood organisation that could provide a central focal point for the Alamein community. They formed the Alamein Community Committee and opened the first centre, which was originally housed in a housing commission flat in Ashburton.
Our building on the corner of Ashburn Grove and Alamein Ave, formerly a maternal health centre, has been home since 1984, when ANLC was incorporated. In 1985 a community garden was established in the park next to the centre. In 2008 our name changed to Alamein Neighbourhood Learning Centre Inc..
The Centre has since grown to incorporate a Men’s Shed that operates from the Alamein Railway Station,
Today, ANLC is a not-for-profit community organisation, governed by a voluntary Committee of Management drawn from the local community. Our Centre Manager and a team of staff and volunteers are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Centre.
ANLC operates with the support of valued partners and local sponsors. Their generous funding, advice and assistance enables us to offer a diverse array of community programs and services.
The City of Boroondara provides and maintains our building for use by the community, with an annual grant that helps to cover our operating costs.
As a Learn Local organisation we receive funding from the Victorian Government through its Adult, Community and Further Education Board (ACFE). This allows us to deliver community-based education and pre-accredited training programs for all, but especially for people who may otherwise have limited access to learning opportunities.
Our community support programs are offered under the auspices of the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP). These services are designed to help older residents stay independent and socially connected.