Teenage Anxiety and School Refusal

  Do you care for a teenager who finds it hard to go to school? Do you have a child whose anxiety is impacting on their school life? Would a new school fix the problem or make it worse? Are computer games the cause or a symptom of school refusal? Do you sometimes feel that…

Respect and Care help young people to thrive – Luke Bryan’s Story

Respect and care go hand in hand at Diamond Valley Learning Centre’s VCAL Program. “We love those kids” is a phrase you hear often from teachers, staff and community volunteers. All of our young people come from backgrounds that included very serious challenges, which caused them to disengage from traditional schooling. At DVLC we recognise…

Youth Homelessness: Take Action

Why are we so passionate at Diamond Valley Learning Centre to raise awareness about the crisis of youth homelessness? This is not an abstract idea for us. We deal with at-risk young people on a daily basis, and our Youth Program is in the forefront of dealing with youth homelessness in our area.  Katrina Sawyer…

Youth Homelessness: The Need for Affordable Housing

This is the third post in our series to raise awareness about Youth Homelessness in our area. In previous posts we thanked everyone who was involved in our Beanie & Soup Day to raise awareness about youth homelessness, and shared wise words from the driver of the OneVoice Shower Bus. In this post we hear…

Youth Homelessness: Shower Bus Visits DVLC

Welcome to the second post in our series to raise awareness about Youth Homelessness. This is an issue very close to our hearts at Diamond Valley Learning Centre. At the end of Term 2 we held a Beanie & Soup Fundraiser to bring attention to youth homelessness in our area, and we had such extraordinary…

Youth Homelessness: Beanie & Soup Day

  Youth Homelessness is an issue very close to our hearts at Diamond Valley Learning Centre. To raise awareness about how big and prevalent a problem this is, we held a Beanie & Soup Fundraiser at the end of Term 2. Many members of our community including, staff, students and teachers came along (with or…

Rain Doesn’t Dampen ValleyVCAL@DVLC’s Mid-winter Formal

  Black and White was the Theme for the Night   On a cold dark Thursday evening the students, staff and guests of DVLC’s Valley VCAL program attended the first ever Royal Gala mid-winter Formal. Held at the palatial DVLC premises, a broad stylish range of interpretations of the chosen theme ‘Black & White’ could…

ROK (Reengage Our Kids) Forum Leads the Way

At Diamond Valley Learning Centre we make no secret of how proud we are of our young people who reengage with education after suffering very difficult and often traumatic circumstances. We are fortunate to live in an area that is becoming more and more aware and compassionate about the needs of our youth – and…

Donate laptops for students learning English

Why are we seeking  laptops? Like all our offerings to the community, our English as an Additional Language (EAL) courses rely on support from many sources. At present, we need laptops! Please spread the word to anyone in your community who may know of a business that is upgrading their laptops, and would like to…

Like a Strong & Resilient Tree, DVLC Stands to Support Community

A reflection from Diamond Valley Learning Centre’s Executive Officer, Kate Madden.   An Annual General Meeting is an opportunity to reflect and tell the story of an organisation such as Diamond Valley Learning Centre. The year 2015 was one of great challenge and change for us, and so it was particularly poignant to bring together…