There are opportunities to undertake many courses – food handling, computers and first aid. Arts, crafts, hobbies, cooking skills are taught, along with health and physical activity classes.
We also offer a meeting room, public internet access, photocopying and printing related services at very competitive prices.
We rely heavily on the committment of volunteers from our local area. They bring with them a broad range of experiences that makes our House a place for the whole community.
Rainbow Community Learning Group started out in 1985 originally meeting in people’s homes and as an off shoot of the Desert Fringe Craft Group (CEP) and was self funded. After some time they moved into a shop two doors up from the current Craft Shop. They were there for several years before the owner of the shop decided to sell and they had to move out. Whilst they were there, they purchased the old jewellers shop, which then became the Craft Shop.
The group then moved to the old Court House site in 1989, with the Court House last being used in 1982 (vacated December 1982). Plans for erection of courthouse started in early 1914. Tenders were called in early June but none were received. The Public Works Dept readvertised in July and at the end of August, McDonald Bros of Horsham accepted the tender to build the courthouse for the sum of 1040 pounds. Building commenced on December 2nd 1914 and the finishing touches were being completed in mid March. The Rainbow Court House was officially opened on Tuesday 17th August 2015.
Wimmera TAFE leased the property initially in 1992 and we sublet the property from them until 1996 when we leased it in our own right.
There have been a number of changes over the years with Committee and Coordinators. Initially there was no coordinator but instead a group of volunteers who ran things. When a coordinator was appointed it was only for 1 day a week. Eventually they received some TAFE funding for courses and then ACFE (Adult Community Further Education) funding for many years and only this year we are no longer funded. We decided not to pursue ACFE funding as it has been increasingly difficult to fulfil our reporting requirements with student numbers for courses funded. However, we did receive 10 hours of Neighbourhood House funding in 2010 and then we were successful in applying for and receiving a further 10 hours of NH funding last year. This extra funding has enabled us to provide more hours for the Coordinator to work on other directions and projects that the community has requested.
Over the years we have provided many programs and activities: the usual art and craft, scrapbooking, patchwork, sewing, knitting, crochet, china painting, art and drawing classes, cooking, computers, computer software program info, coffee making, latin dancing, exercise groups, geneology, tai chi, shooters licence, boat licence, first aid, woodwork, ceramics.